Veteran gospel musician, Mechanic Manyeruke, has called upon the government of Zimbabwe to gazette a law that protects the works of the artists against piracy.

Manyeruke’s plea came after he barred his fans from taking photos of him for free whilst performing rather asking them to pay two dollars each to take photos.

The musician said he was afraid his photos may be abused and used for piracy purposes.

The veteran musician was guest of honour at the celebrations of a new Public Address system bought by the Methodist church held in Kwekwe.

“Those who want to take photos of me performing must come up forward and pay two dollars each. You should pay because I might find my photos tomorrow on pirated discs in the streets,” he said.

Speaking in an interview, Manyeruke challenged the government to enact a law that can protect the already struggling musicians against music piracy.

“The government must come up with laws that can do away with music piracy. It is this piracy that most musicians are wallowing in abject poverty.

“They should come up with a bill and debate it in parliament and pass it to law,” said Manyeruke.

Manyeruke said musicians put effort to produce songs and they should enjoy their rewards.

He also encouraged fans to buy original products.

The veteran musician, who was supported by local upcoming gospel outfits, got the crowd into a merry making mood when he performed his popular songs ‘Madhimoni and Makanaka Jesu’.