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Piracy hit us hard in 2015 – Soldier

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As the year 2015 draws to an end, musician Lucius Banda better known as Soldier has said that musicians toiled once again without earning enough money.

The musician who released his 18th album titled Time this year, said piracy continued to flourish in the year 2015 and that he made a loss.

“It was a year where piracy continued to haunt us; albums in hard copies are not selling anymore as in the past years and with technology things have even become tougher,” said Lucius.

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He hailed people for the support in the year 2015 where he said musicians continued to entertain people by holding live performances.

“The only platform where musicians are making money is through the live performances although you also have to dig deeper in holding these performances. But it’s hard to sell albums.

These days with technology things have changed, people are buying music using other means and so we need to embrace technology so as to stand out otherwise hard copies are not selling anymore,” he said.

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Lucius said his latest album was heavily pirated and that he failed to sell.

“I did not sell not because the album was not good but because it was pirated. I think as musicians we need to strive to be at par with other countries in terms of utilising the online selling channels,” he said.

Lucius said many musicians have resorted to holding live performances frequently because they would want to make ends meet.

“This is the only way and so in terms of performances many musicians tried their level best and Malawians in 2015 have been treated to good live performances,” said Lucius, who is one of the successful musicians.

The musician last weekend performed at the grand finale of the Sound and Light concert at Zitherepano in Mangochi where he shared the stage with among others Chileka reggae group Black Missionaries.

His set however, ended before time after the singer was disappointed by some two men, who were holding each other and at times kissed.

He described them as ‘gays’ and that as a musician he was disturbed with their actions hence could not continue singing.

The development however, drew the wrath of some human rights activists including Centre for Development of People (Cedep) who condemned the mu s ician and Member o f Parliament.

 

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