President Jakaya Kikwete has deplored the habit of reproducing and marketing works of artists without authorization, saying this activity impoverishes artistes while fostering unfair gain by others.
He made the remarks when opening refurbished buildings of the National Museum, the house of culture and modern studios, where he lamented the fact that artistes have worked hard and put up good performances but their lot in life has scarcely changed.
Plagiarizing and unauthorized production and sale of their work was part of the problem, saying they are doubly affected, first seeing their work taken while they are helpless about it, and thinking that someone else gains by his or her work.
He said some people were driving posh saloons in town on account of the sweat and skills of others, “while those who created those works at times don’t have the fare to board a daladala bus.”
The president said he had donated a studio to help artistes record their works, but the result was that conflicts erupted among them, in which case he directed the new generation ‘Bongo Flava’ beat to use the studio at the National Museum.
He said the problem which erupted in relation to the studio had been resolved, in which case he expects that charges made to artistes wishing to record their works would be affordable, so that they can improve their incomes.
He also urged sports associations to preserve their records so that the memory of those who have done well in each field is not lost. He cited the case of soccer players who did well and helped national teams to win cups, that this should not be lost to future generations.