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Usi calls for equality in treatment of local and international artists in events

 

Minister of arts: Michael Utsi


Michael Usi, the Minister of Culture and Wildlife is of the view that fees and contracts for local artists crafted by festivals and other events should be reviewed and looked at critically.


Usi made the sentiments at this year's Sand Music Festival in Mangochi over the weekend.


"I would like to appeal to organisers to look into the matter of fees and contracts for local artists crafted by festivals and that and that they should be reviewed and looked at critically," explained the Minister who jumped on the stage with his dancing skills.

Utsi and reggae dancehall artist : Sangie


He observed that many international artists are paid huge packages compared to local ones.


Despite this challenge, Usi commended local artists for being there always and hailed them for their talent.


He said the government, through his Ministry, will engage stakeholders such as companies to support creative industry to export the country's talent outside.


The event which has been described as on of the greatest since the onset of such festivals invited various artists like South Africa's celebrated Makhadzi, Jamaica's Gramps Morgan, Nigeria's Mr. P and many local musicians.

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