MOMBASA ARTISTS DEMANDING THE GOVERMENT TO STOP PIRACY
Mombasa based artists both in the Music and Film industry are calling on the Mombasa county government led by Governor Hassan Joho to stop piracy in the county. According to the artists, Piracy has been one of the main reasons why they cannot benefit from the fruits of their labour. According to Nyota Ndogo,the government needs to come out with strict measures to fight the crime.
Nyota Ndogo argued “we have had to suffer at times because people don’t buy our original music, they prefer going out and buy the Cd’s at 100 shillings where they will get all their favorite songs in one Cd rather than buying an album for 500 shillings”.
“The government needs to come out strongly and fight this crime or else we as artists will continue complaining everyday” she added.
On his part Hassan Faisal from the Coastal Films productions wondered how comes hawkers sell local movies at 50 shillings in front of law enforcers with no action taken against the hawkers.
Hassan argued that for the industry to be vibrant and also a source of employment for the many talented jobless youth in the county then the government has to fight such acts which heavily hampers the artists.
“why do we allow illegal hawkers sell our local movies at 50 shillings in front of the law enforcers and then we are accused as not being vibrant in the Film industry, tunaomba serikali iingie kati” he charged.
Promotion of talents and creation of Job opportunities was one of the main areas that the governor Hassan Joho promised to deal with once elected as the governor. Just a few days after the formation of the county executive committee, the county executive committee member for Tourism Anthony Njaramba also reiterated the need to promote local talents and even went ahead to empahize on the need to have a local modern film theater as way of promoting the local film industry.