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Sabhuku Vharazipi producers wary of piracy

HARARE - Producers of popular comedy-drama Sabhuku Vharazipi 1 and 2, Ziya Cultural Arts, say they are hesitant to promote their forthcoming project Sabhuku Vharazipi 3 before it hits the market shelves owing to rampant piracy in the country.

Wellington Chindare, who plays the roles of Chairman and Svari in the comedy-drama, told the Daily News that the forthcoming project was at an advanced stage and ready for the market but this time around they were not going to announce the release dates.

“We are tired of working for nothing, we realised almost nothing from the two previous comedy-drama series due to piracy and what pains most is the fact that government is doing nothing about it.
Sabhuku Vharazipi producers wary of piracy
“Hence we are not going to reveal the release dates as this is as good as alerting intellectual property thieves — so we want to promote it after it hits the market,” said Chindare.

Chindare said, last time pirates produced fake dramas under the name Sabhuku Vharazipi.

“It is not a good development to actors as well as our viewers hence the next project is coming as a surprise on the market to avoid confusion and loss of money,” he said.

Government has failed to curb piracy in the music and film industry and this development is continuously threatening to kill the creative industry.

Most artists have adjusted from surviving through royalties from recording studios and are now found selling their products on the streets.

Sometime in 2013, the Masvingo-based Ziya Cultural Arts group visited Harare where they were mocked by music pirates.

“I was given $5 by an unidentified man in Harare as a token of appreciation after they spotted me; he told me that the drama Sabhuku Vharazipi had brought riches to his life.

“He unashamedly told me that he had managed to buy a house and a car by selling pirated discs of the comedy-drama,” said David Mubaiwa, who plays the role of Sabhuku Vharazipi in the group.

The Masvingo-based group comprises Chindare and his wife Kumbirai Chikonye, who plays the role of Mbuya Mai John, and Mubaiwa.

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