Lilongwe–based gospel group Great Angels Choir on Sunday took a swipe at pirates saying they should stop the malpractice forthwith as they are reaping from what they did not sow.
The group dubbed ‘The Peoples Choir’ made the remarks at BAT ground in Blantyre when they launched a DVD of their Mwasankha Ine album.
“We spend a lot of money in the studio recording songs to come up with an album and then we also have to dig deeper to put together music videos for the DVD. We are suffering as musicians because of piracy and I know some of the pirates are here please, refrain from this malpractice because you are killing us,” said the group’s Music Director Ephraim Zonda.
Zonda also revealed that there were some people who were pirating music from different local artists and then sell, it in South Africa.
“We know you and we warn you to stop forthwith and I pray and bind this DVD that no-one should pirate it and I proclaim fire to those who will dare pirate it,” he said.
Several people raised their DVDs in the air earlier on when Zonda asked as to how many people had bought the DVD.
People scrambled to buy the DVD which was being sold at K500 inside the venue and K1,000 outside and according to Zonda, the group which announced that they would produce 20,000 DVD copies for BAT launch, sold more than 8,000 copies at the venue.
Once again the group showed that they are crowd pullers and made a right decision moving the launch to an outdoor venue where they pulled close to 4,000 people according to Zonda.
“We are thankful to God for all this and we would like to thank people for the support because this is what motivates us to do more,” he said.
The 10-track DVD produced by John Nguluwe of Positive Arts has songs such as ‘Musalolele Mulungu,’ ‘Tadikira,’ ‘Mphamvu Ndilibe,’ ‘Opanda Dipo,’ and ‘Kodi Alipo?.’
Mwasankha Ine is an album which was produced by Joseph Tembo.
The group which dressed attractively during the launch performed almost all the songs and their performance did not disappoint.
Great Angels Choir jumped on stage around past 4pm soon after the audience had enjoyed Billy Kaunda’s set and they went on to dish more songs before taking a break later to pave way for Peter Uyu Mlangeni and Benerdetta Maliro.
Benerdetta was not on the menu but she performed on behalf of her husband Mlaka who did not show up.
The launch which saw Entertainers Promotions mounting a state of the art stage went all the way to the night with Great Angels Choir closing the chapter.
The launch started with performances of artists using CDs before moving to live acts.
While some artists missed out, those who spiced up the launch included Miriam Pondani, a new reggae female artist on the block, Wagwedeza Boys,Donnex Muva, Limbani Simenti and Steve Wazisomo Muliya, who won the hearts of many with his set.
Towards the end of his performance, Muliya pretended as if he had fainted before Red Cross personnel stormed the stage and then whisked him away fast as if they were taking him to the hospital.
Random interviews with people indicated that they were satisfied with the launch.
Great Angels Choir takes the launch next to Sheaffer Gardens in Lilongwe on December 25, Mlambe Motel in Balaka on December 27 and then Mzuzu Boma Park on January 1.
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