THE Zimbabwe Music Rights Association (Zimura) should put stringent measures on the artists who steal other musicians’ work of art to make them theirs, after all, the originators of art would have put much hard work on their artistic pieces to attract audiences.
Following up on the just ended trial between gospel artistes, Tinotenda Katsande and Tsitsi Gona Kavhukatema which appeared in the Harare Magistrate courts in Harare on charges of ‘stealing’; the Zimura should put a hot-fence on artistes who copy or steal other artistes’ work of art as this has been rampant in most of the Zimbabwean musicians/artistes.
‘It is illegal to reproduce another artist’s work of art without permission, later own taking the whole song’, Zimura has once said.
In the case of Katsande and Kavhukatema the Zimura should intervene wholly and exercise the right of copyright laws and royalties rights.
It was heard in the Monday that Katsande was was to defend himself from the allegations that he stole the Mutare-born gospel vocal diva Tsitsi Kavhukatema’s (pictured above) song titled ‘Handitongwe nedzinza’ which appeared in her 2012 album named ‘Jesu Arikuuya’.
However, Katsande is allegedly been reported for plagiarizing the song and renamed it ‘Handina Mweya’.
The Mutare gospel diva is being represented by Zimura who wrote an urgent letter to the radio stations giving the ‘Handina Mweya’ song an air-play on their radio platforms.
Meanwhile, after Katsande was arrested under the CR section 08/11/2018 of the Copy Right Act, and appeared before the courts, he denied all the charges and is expected to appear before courts again on January 9, 2019.
The gospel diva, Kavhukatema, is currently pursuing her career in Botswana.