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Lulu flies flag at songwriting camp

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Guitarist, songwriter and producer Lulu recently travelled to Rwanda where he represented the country at the music rights awareness song-writing camp.

Apart from Lulu, who recently held shows with South Africa-based artist Erik Paliani in Lilongwe and Blantyre, the camp brought on board Barakah The Prince from Tanzania and Rwandan music creators.

Lulu described the camp as an eye opener, saying it gave artists a chance to work on a song together.

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“It was an experience and I learnt a lot of things in the studio. This is a very good idea and together we can put Africa on top,” said the N’zalera star.

The song-writing camp was organised by Music Rights Awareness, a foundation founded by songwriters Max Martin, Niclas Molinder and Bjorn Ulvaeus of Abba. Its mission is to increase music creators’ awareness of music rights.

The camp is part of the Music Rights in Africa project whose aim is to support music creators in Africa and to educate them on their rights.

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The project has started in three countries of Rwanda, Malawi and Tanzania, and is being implemented in partnership with Pan African Authors and Composers Alliance (Pacsa) and local partners Musicians Union of Malawi (Mum), Rwanda Arts Initiative (Rai) and Rockstar 4000.

According to the organisers, the song-writing camp’s objective is to produce a song with talented creators from the three countries and then follow all the rights (royalties) that the song will generate in their countries but also internationally through the digital market.

“Being able to have these creators as ambassadors of Music Rights Awareness demonstrates our continued desire to work with Africa’s most talented music creators and increase music rights awareness in Africa,” producer Niclas Molinder said.

Prince said they were thrilled with the opportunity.

“We believe African writers can and should be at par with worldwide writers in terms of having the same knowledge, structure and, eventually, financial benefits,” said the Tanzanian artist.

The song created is expected to be released this month.

Mum president, Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango, said Lulu was selected because he has advanced skills in composition and production.

“We wanted someone who is good at composing, singing and dancing and Lulu fits this bill. He is also an excellent guitarist and [is] still young. This is the beginning of these projects. We even intend to hold shows in these three countries and involve several artists,” Mhango said.

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