Hip-hop artist Tay Grin left the country Wednesday for Kampala, Uganda, alongside Patience Namadingo to participate in the Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation in Africa (AfrIPI) project launch today.
The “Chipapapa’ star is expected to speak at the launch.
AfrIPI is an international cooperation project managed by the European Union.
Organisers have said Tay Grin’s presence will give new impetus to their project, which defends intellectual property rights including copyright and protection of creatives in Africa.
“It is a great honour for me personally, my nation and on behalf of African creatives to be invited to deliver a keynote speech. This project aims to safeguard intellectual property and to ensure that all creatives in Africa are paid for their talent and hard work,” he said.
Tay Grin said he has invited Namadingo to be part of the trip so they can continue works they started recently in Zambia, where Namadingo invited Tay Grin.
“Time has come for the creative industry to adopt the best practices in order to evolve and become established. With Patience Namadingo, we have set up a number of meetings aimed at breaking ground for the Malawian music market in Uganda and collaborations with Ugandan artists,” he said.
Tay Grin, who currently hosts Grins Fire Fridays, said they plan to return and camp in Malawi for a fortnight then proceed to South Africa, where they will hold meetings as well as perform.