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Kayesa Creative to host webinar on copyright

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In an effort aimed at raising the bar for the music industry and art in general in the country, Kayesa Creative Centre in Mchinji District is set to host a series of free webinars on music and copyright with the first set for today.

Kayesa is hosting the webinars in collaboration with Mhub’s Fact- Checker Malawi.

A press statement from Kayesa Creative Centre says the webinar is aimed at unpacking and understanding copyright while identifying and highlighting gaps in copyright processes aimed at benefitting musicians.

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Among the panellists during the webinar are renowned musicians Erik Paliani and Zwai Bala.

Paliani, who is based at Kayesa, has spoken highly about development of music in the country ,saying a lot needed to be done that musicians and artists from other disciplines understand issues of copyright and their rights,” he said.

The renowned musician also said he wants to pass over experience to youngsters and that he is looking into projects such as Mystical Jazz Series, which aims at bringing in rural aspects of traditional music and mix it with jazz concepts.

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The webinar is also set to see the presence of South African music icon and member of kwaito music trio TKZee.

“Zwai Bala will offer insight into how South Africa was able to figure out some aspects of copyright while sharing on how musicians can explore alternative ways to monetise their work,” the statement reads.

Other panellists for the webinar include intellectual property lawyer Madalo Banda and Cosoma representative Lightwell Kachigamba Benjamin.

Rapper KBG is also expected to be part of the webinar to speak on whether or not Malawian musicians have seen benefits of copyright laws.

A lot of artists in the country have struggled to understand copyright issues and this has kept them in the dark in terms of benefits.

Mutanda Andersen said Kayesa Creative Centre is an organisation working towards creating a space for artists from all disciplines.

“We want artists to have important conversations with the hope of impacting the work and lives of all creatives in an effort to attract the attention of strategic partners such as Fact Checker Malawi, who have made this first episode possible,” he said.

With conversations turning online due to Covid, the webinar today will be broadcast live on Zoom and through Fact-Checker Malawi Facebook page.

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