Ebenezer opens floodgates for Chivaviro

It was always going to be an almost impossible mission to outdo Ebenezer-Tiri Munyasha, a track which became a “national anthem” in music circles last year.
Rev T.T Chivaviro.
Picture By Life Moments Media. Rev T.T Chivaviro.
 But Togarepi Chivaviro is a bold man. Before the hype stirred by this blockbuster song — featuring gospel gurus Mechanic Manyeruke, Charles Charamba, Noel Zembe, Lawrence Haisa, Bethen Pasinawako Ngolomi, Rumbi Zvirikuzhe and Kudzi Nyakudya — had settled, he was back in the studio crafting its successor.
Bethany Pasinawako Ngolomi.
Picture By Life Moments Media. Bethany Pasinawako Ngolomi.
Mhepo Inoperekedza — Tiri Munyasha 2 was launched at a colourful ceremony attended by several parliamentarians including Deputy Speaker, Mabel Chinomona and Nelson Chamisa in Harare on Wednesday night.
Zimbabwe Parliarment Deputy Speaker, Mabel Chinomona.
Picture By Life Moments Media. Zimbabwe Parliarment Deputy Speaker, Mabel Chinomona.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) director, Elvas Mari, guest of honour, Philip Chiyangwa, Open University vice-chancellor, Primrose Kurasha and her husband Jameson, worshippers Josh Kays and Takesure Zama, as well as Mathias Mhere were also in attendance.
 Matthias Mhere.
Picture By Life Moments Media. Matthias Mhere.
The seven songs on the new eight-track album, which includes an instrumental, may not knock down the record set by Ebenezer — Tiri Munyasha, but they are proof Chivaviro has set a new trajectory in a music career that — even 10 albums later — had been fledgling, according to his executive producer, Allen Dzobo.
Allan Dzobo
Picture By Life Moments Media. Allan Dzobo, Rev Chivaviro's manager.
Music expert, Fred Zindi told the gathering that when he first heard the song last year, it “knocked me out” and he felt it was “an incredible tune”.

The professor also said music piracy could only be countered by a watertight marketing strategy including launching albums and making them more available to the market.
“I told Jah Prayzah and his manager to continue launching albums because that’s the only way to market music and curb piracy,” he said.

Mari, the Nacz director, implored legislators, who attended the launch, to help the council fight the scourge of piracy, through which musicians were being ripped off.

He called on the government to facilitate the setting up of a copyright tribunal as provided for in the Copyright Act to specifically deal with issues of piracy, which has become the bane of many an artiste.
“The problem with the current system is that sometimes even the magistrates don’t even understand why they have to try someone for ‘burning’ because they are also probably listening to music copied illegally,” Mari said.

He said it was these same artistes to which legislators appealed for votes during elections and the least they could do in return was to ensure that their work was protected from pirates and they could earn something substantial from their labour.

“When you get these votes, may you please support these people. They don’t need your money, but they need facilities where they can work — not stadiums, but facilities where they can have their works recorded and produced,” Mari said.

He said it was time that music was viewed as an income generating project and called for the setting up of cultural centres in Harare and other cities that can be used by artistes.
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