By JOWIT SALUSEKI-
ZAMBIA-based Congolese folk artiste Mumba Yachi has vowed not to produce any Compact Discs (CDs) for his newly released music project titled ‘Violet’ but would rather market the album online.
He believes this will help him avoid making losses through pirated copies that have continued to flood the local market.
Despite the country introducing the hologram to protect genuine music over 10 years ago, Zambian streets have continued to be awash with pirated music material, such as CDs and DVDs.
This has continued to deny musicians the full benefits of their talent.
It is in this regard that Mumba Yachi, who last Friday successfully launched his seventh studio project in Lusaka, says he will only market his music through online platforms such as Mvesesani, which is locally owned.
Yachi says the 16-song album, which was done in 2019, but could not be launched on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, is now available for streaming on his official YouTube Channel.
It is also accessible for purchase through online platforms.
The new album has tracks done in Lozi, Bemba, Lunda, Swahili and Luvale.
The dreadlocked singer, who is managed by Mwila Mutale, says he remains indebted to his fans and well wishers who have continued to support him following the burning down of his Lusaka based Bamboo Studio a few years ago.
Rising from the ashes like a phoenix, the folk singer, who is also credited for the short film ‘TAZARA’, believes that although the COVID-19 came as set back to the entertainment industry, it also made him to be very productive and creative as he managed to compose the 16-track album while in isolation.