By Cyrus Bengo
With flapping of Covid-19 cases which the country is registering each and every day, the entertainment industry has been double hit.
For instance, restrictions on expect the ministry to give us proper channels for us to create more jobs because not everyone can be employed, we believe in employing people and empower them so that they can continue the trend. We need more activities that pump in money and keep the youth busy with productive initiatives which will help change people’s mindset publicly, the Pandemic has left many musicians to rely on benovalence of others to survive as their biggest revenue comes from holding stage shows.
Speaking in an interview, one of celebrated Disk Jockeys in the country Dj Wayne said it is a tough time for them as DJs to survive.
He said most of their works is usually public gigs and now, it is a big blow and setback due to cancellations of events as well as shifting it to a later date.
“It is crazy we don’t know when we will bounce back in the industry fully, right now the struggle is real and it is hard to survive, we are trying to look into new measures.
Wayne admired some artist federations across the globe like South Africa where their government is giving out some financial assistance to artist to cushion the effect and he believe that if that come in the country this can else challenges which many artists are facing.
“No donations in Malawi, nothing of that nature, the sad part is that people always wants to be entertained but at the end of the day they don’t appreciate it, government does not give a hoot what is happening in the industry and they is no donations coming from anywhere or thinking of artist who so ever tries to put some entertainment in Malawi.
He adds: The problem we have is that our local TVs they don’t give us platform to perform but if you look at it,we are the pioneers of the entertainment in Malawi, but most times everybody want to do it on their own until something happens its when they will need you.
He hopes coming in of the new government and new minister in the ministry of youth and sports, expects to bring them joy and provide ways of exposing building artist who lack exposure.
Reggae and dancehall artist Provoice who ruled Malawian music industry since 2014 after releasing a hitsong, Pokopoko in which he featured Gwamba says coming of the pandemic has affected their business as talking about Malawi their big music revenues comes from stage shows so looking at the factor that they can’t hold shows it means no food for an artist.
Provoice appealed to new government to look into issues to do with copyright.
He said a lot of mess happens when they try to get their music loyalties because there is no proper documentations they just give them the money without any explanations.
However, producer Propee Manyozo of Propee records in Blantyre describes the “Malawian music industry is not rewarding to the producer side and also the artist side but the artist are far much better off than the producers.”
The decorated producer who has produced songs for artists like Maskal, Piksy just among others stated the country has many talented artists but they lack proper motivation and creative mindset from those who have been in the industry for some time.
To him coming in of the Covid-19, has heavily affected his business.
He further added: I moved to Lilongwe to get greener pasture but upon arrival is when companies started closing down (working from home). This has really affected my income.
“I expect the ministry to give us proper channels for us to create more jobs because not everyone can be employed, we believe in employing people and empower them so that they can continue the trend. We need more activities that pump in money and keep the youth busy with productive initiatives which will help change people’s mindset” said Manyozo.
Our appeal to the government is to outline measures that may be of assistance to the music industry or either setting aside funds for us to survive in the mean time or allowing us to hold public events.