Lilongwe, March 2: With the ever fast growing technology that has seen most of Malawis’ music being now digitally recorded, the market itself hasn’t been left out in embracing this digital migration as digital doors continue to open for consumers; online purchasing.
Providing a further option to the traditional modes of music outlets of buying music from shelves; Nyimbo Zachimalawi ventures into the scene as it will now start selling and distributing local music online via its website www.malawi-music.com.
The songs to be bought on the site will not include the promotional tag but rather will all be in full length, CD quality in mp3 format while albums will be zipped, in a single file with all mp3 files inclusive and details on how to unzip the files.
A single mp3 will be selling at 0.099 pounds while a whole album is pegged at 10 pounds, approximately K6000.
For a start, and due to the wide number of artists in Malawi, there will be 2 categories from two well-known artists.
First is Lucius Banda who will have songs all from his 19 albums available on the site for legal purchase and all albums form the Black Missionaries including their yet to be released ninth album.
Management of Nyimbo Zachimalawi explains of the idea behind the development: “It is our goal to provide Malawi music customers with a fast and convenient checkout process, so that they get to download the music they want and legally own it at the same time supporting the local music industry in Malawi,” read part of a press statement issued on their site. “,”
As pointed out, Malawi music has been extremely associated with piracy which has seen pirates making huge sums of money while musicians only getting peanuts from their work.
This has left some artists who could not bear the heat or take the risk in selling their music themselves with some even moving around with their CDs in bags around town in search of a legal market.
As selling online provides another avenue of selling music, management of Nyimbo Zachimalawi calls for legal use of materials to be purchased on the page:
“Please note that while we would like you to legally own Malawian music and support local artists, it would be unlawful for you to sell these mp3 to other people or upload them on any other website for commercial use,”
“So we encourage our customers to use the music in a Godly and Christian way knowing the artists in Malawi are suffering and need support and for their music purchased so that they finally financially gain from their God-given talents,” reads part of the statement.
The buying process through the website will be supported by Google checkout cart also known as Google Wallet; a fast and secure checkout process that helps new customers by allowing them to buy from the site quickly and easily with a single account from Google.
To purchase, one has to select an item, then add to cart whereby a shopping basket with selected songs will appear. At the bottom of the cart is a link of buy with Google, which will direct to the buyer into his account where a Google Wallet checkout process and charging the buyer processes will be completed. This will follow with further details on how to download the items.
“We hope you are excited as much as we are about this addition to the Malawi Music website. We look forward to working with record companies and other new artists to get their music up on the site as quickly as possible and make it available for sale and legal ownership,” said the organisers of Nyimbo Zakumalawi through the press statement.