Zimbabwe’s prominent gospel personality Olivia Charamba has described music piracy as the demon threatening to destroy the once vibrant music industry in Zimbabwe.

Speaking to Relzim.org at the recently completed show at Mining Museum in Kwekwe (central Zimbabwe), Olivia Charamba called on the government to step up the fight against piracy.

Olivia performed with her husband Charles Charamba. They were backed by Fishers of Men

“We are urging all the people out there to buy original CDs. It is piracy that is killing our music industry in Zimbabwe.”

Brian Gomo, a fan of the Charamba’s, concurred with the gospel musicians that piracy in Zimbabwe has gone out of hand. “It’s so disheartening that these musicians took their time to produce good music but all their efforts are destroyed by piracy.”

The Charambas were joined on the stage by Chosen Generation, a Kwekwe-based group and The Wilderness Voices from Norton (ca 40 km west of Harare).

The Wilderness Voices, led by Tafadzwa Nkomo Donsa, have so far produced one album Fore-runner. The group played songs such as “Kana Auya Jesu” and “Titungamirei.”

Chosen Generation, fronted by Lilian Kwirirai, spiced the show with such songs as “Tsvaira Moyo,” “Kwairema” and “Mabasa Makuru.”

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