Sulumani Chimbetu Visits Patsaka Nyaminyami Community Radio Station

Sulumani Chimbetu a Zimbabwean Dendera Music vocalist, guitarist, composer, stage performer and businessman visited Patsaka Nyaminyami Community Radio Station on Sunday the 28th of August 2016 for a radio program. The 34 year old artist was visiting the local community radio initiative for the first time after having an all-night performance at ZV Hotel in Kariba, Mashonaland West.
In an interview, the local artist managed to highlight some of the major challenges and successes they are facing in the music industry. He further mentioned that he will personally take it up to the responsible authorities to deal with the issue of piracy which he pointed out to be the biggest challenge they are facing as musicians, “Music piracy yakatidzosera kumashure, but what I am saying is pane kakudzokera kumashure karipo kanotoda simba rehurumende kuti dai yapindira” said Chimbetu. He went on further to say that he will engage Zimra officials regarding this challenge, “Even Zimra chaiyo inofanira kutopindira kubatsira ma artist nekuti mari irikungoenda iyoyo irevenue inofanira kutodzoka ichitenderera munyika” said Chimbetu.
“Inini ndakazvimirira Inini, I am going to approach Zimra officials in my own capacity”. It is true that the issue of piracy in Zimbabwe is and has been creating major challenges for the local artists to break through. Artists have since resorted to selling their CDs in the streets @ $1 per copy in an attempt to counter piracy. Recently Alick Macheso was selling his new album (Tsoka Dzerwendo) in the streets and so as Jah Praizer’s (Mudhara Vachauya).
Comments from the local residents could not stop flocking in through the Community Radio’s social media platforms, citing the initiative as a positive tool for development within the community of Kariba. “Keep KB flag high guys”, said Mai Tarie on PNCR WhatsApp group.
It has been close to 3 weeks since Freddie Manjalima popularly known as Kapfupi also visited the Local Community radio station citing the same sentiments and encouraging the local station to continue with the positive work in Kariba as it has emerged to be a positive tool for development.
The Community Radio Initiative have since turned into a source of attraction for all the local arts persons of different caliber. Patsaka Nyaminyami CR continues to value and appreciate such visits from these public figures across the country and outside the boundaries of Zimbabwe as well as anyone who feels the need to visit the station.