- Maraza has lashed out a fan who took it upon himself to play Father Christmas with Maraza's music
- The rapper said he's not happy with the fan having his songs available for free download
- The free download was blatantly promoted by the unruly fan
Piracy is a huge problem in the Mzansi music space.
People who illegally download and share tracks are taking food directly from musicians' mouths.
Maraza is livid at one such person, who has made his songs available for free download.
When Mojalefa Ntopo promoted the download site, Maraza was really touched.
He asked, "Why didn't you ask me before making my music available for free download on your site? It's not only disrespectful, it's also illegal. Fix this. Please. There are many ways to do this right."
Aside from piracy, our musicians also have to deal with entities that don't want to play local music.
One such corporation was Woolworths - earlier this year, it was decided that the stores would no longer play local music that required royalty payment.
Briefly.co.za reported that Mzansi musicians were not at all happy with the decision.
The South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA) and a bunch of local artists subsequently joined in the call to #PlayOurMusicWoolworths, and the hashtag succeeded in trending.
There's still a long way to go before brands treat our artists fairly.
Another prime example is the beef between Reebok and AKA.
Yesterday, Briefly.co.za reported that fans were shocked to discover the sneaker and sportswear brand had not paid AKA a cent for the Supa Mega shoe.
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