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Piracy irks drama producer

RAMPANT piracy on the local music, drama, play and film industry has irked South Africa-based Zimbabwean producer Mothusi Bashimane Ndlovu.

BY SHARON SIBINDI

Part of the Madlela 3 cast
Part of the Madlela 3 cast

Ndlovu said he was surprised to see DVDs of his latest production Madlela 3 on the streets before it was launched.
Madlela 3 was premiered at Alec Gorschel Park in Johannesburg on October 1.

“These people are really trying to bring me down, but I will find out who was behind all this,” he said.

“This is bad and I wonder if we can deal with such issues as artists. The least we can do is to prevent people from buying pirated discs. Anyone who is doing this is lazy and does not want to work at all.

“People should not buy pirated discs since this is like contributing towards our demise. God is never pleased with fools.”

Ndlovu said piracy will never destroy his passion for arts.

“This is what God gave us to share with the nation and nothing can stop us,” he said.

“Not even piracy! We want our children to one day point at our graves and smile, knowing that my father raised the flag for us. A gift alone can never go anywhere. We also encourage people to continue supporting the arts industry and we are here because of their support.”

Ndlovu said besides the piracy heartbreak, he had received a good response from the public at the launch of the drama.

“People came in their numbers to celebrate with us and this time Madlela 3 is at another level,” he said.

“This launch has seen the best so far in regard to sales. The brand Madlela has gone viral and people love it. Watch out for Madlela 4 soon. We are riding high.”

The playwright said the drama would soon be staged in Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Madlela tackles the contentious issue of identity crisis and encourages people to appreciate where they come from.
The English and Ndebele drama comprises Zimbabwean actors based in South Africa.

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