Nigerian radio protests piracy

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(GIN)—Foreign music was on the air this week as radio stations in Lagos honored a call by Nigerian artists for a “No-Music Day” to protest piracy and the non-payment of royalties.

Rampant reproduction of CDs selling at heavily discounted prices has left many African musicians broke and frustrated. Last week, a group of Lagos musicians organized a hunger strike to protest piracy.

It is the first time Nigerian musicians have joined forces to highlight their plight.

Lagos musician Funsho Olatunbosun, who goes by the stage name Xtreme, complained that piracy had really affected his income. “All the artists are feeling the pain… we’re not relying on album (sales), we’re only relying on shows,” he said.

Online support for the action was widespread. “Bravo Lagos artists,” said Jane Apio responding over the internet. “In Uganda, many artists have gone into oblivion because of that. I am one of them.”

“A laborer deserves his wages. Why are people reaping where they did not sow? So stand firm and fight for your right,” said Victor-Davis Eche of Awka, in encouragement.

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