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There are no rewards in music now—Malume Bokosi

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Musician Malume Bokosi has said the music industry is not that rewarding these days as there are no distribution markets among others.

The Machinga-based musician, who was at his peak in the late 90s and was active holding performances, said the situation on the ground now was not healthy and that many musicians are sweating without any benefits.

“As musicians we spend a lot to come up with albums. It was all good in the past years when we had a distribution channel in OG Issa but since he closed, there has been no proper market for musicians,” Bokosi said.

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The musician, who made headlines with his debut album Alimi Tidalakwanji, said technology has made things difficult at the moment with piracy rampant.

“These days people are just pirating music using different ways and this has, to some extent, made some of us to think deeper on how we are producing our music,” he said.

Bokosi’s outcry comes barely a month after another musician Lawrence Mbenjere, who was a darling of many with his music, also bemoaned the difficult situation in the music industry at the moment.

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Bokosi said despite the setback, he will continue producing music.

“I am still there and will always be there. Let me say it here that I am currently working on new songs but I am not in a hurry to drop them. People just need to watch the space, I will be dropping a single anytime soon and then thereafter an album next year,” he said.

With urban music gaining popularity at the moment, many musicians, especially those of Bokosi’s generation have found the going tougher and can no longer make the grade and win the hearts of the current generation.

“It’s just a matter of time we will get back. We just have to keep on working hard but all I can say at the moment is that it takes a lot of money for us musicians to come up with songs so all I am asking people is that they should support us by buying original works,” he said.

Bokosi has six albums titled Alimi Tidalakwanji, Kukamwa Kwangoti Uma, Wakukhoti, Pension and Malaulo Samapemphedwa.

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