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Popular Kwasa Kwasa star, Baitshepi Mwachisenge popularly known as Chris Manto 7 of the Zwaka Presa fame, has tapped into the digital space of music distribution and monetising the online platforms as his fans will by the end of this month start downloading his music on YouTube, Spotify and ITunes at a fee.
Fans will be able to choose which platform to use to download the Maun based artist’s music in the comfort of their homes and immediately when his songs are uploaded online.
Manto 7 told The Weekender he is happy that the online platform will help him broadly sell his music and make good returns. According to him, he will in return get 75% of every download made online from all the three platforms.
“When you download music I will also get something in return, this is business, it’s what is called royalties. These platforms are used by music distributors,” he said indicating that he has already started the process and only awaits confirmation.
This comes at the time when the artist recently released a new single track called ‘Fendera’ which according to him, refers to a popular big cup made of metal that was used to drink traditional beer. In Maun the cup was popularly called Fundela and it was sold for P6.00.
“The song Fendera is just to remind ourselves of our past where alcohol was not taken so people can be abusive. A time when people used alcohol responsibly, to enjoy and relax during or after social events,” the artist said.
Meanwhile, Manto 7 said he is into Rhumba music genre mainly to promote the mbukushu culture through music. The artist credits himself as one of the first people to promote mbukushu language in local radio stations.
“Television and social media platforms are aware of my mbukushu songs and stories, and I have also mentored a lot of artists in our region,” he shared.
Meanwhile, Manto 7 has revealed his plans to host a festival at Maun Sports Complex on the 29th December 2023 dubbed ‘Local Ka Monate,’ mainly to promote local artists who will make up 90% of the line-up.
“I am also currently working on a school music project which helps kids through music and more details will follow before we start the project next year. I am doing this with help of my friend, Professor More,” he added.