Malawi starts selling music online

By Gregory Gondwe, Blantyre, Malawi

Malawi has started selling and distributing Malawian music online for the first time and at the moment a song is going at £0.99 while an album is selling £10.00. 

The online, being run by Dingaani Whayo, the marketing brains and Dickie Chikago the UK and USA professionally trained and qualified software engineer is the technical brains behind its creation.

“This website is custom designed as it does not use free and open source platforms like that by Joomla or word press. It is flexible to all the changes that we will do if need be,” says Chikago.

A statement from the site says all songs sold will be in full length and of CD quality in mp3 format while albums will be zipped, in a single file with all mp3 files inclusive and details on how to unzip the files.  

“Website visitors will still be able to stream and download free promotional Malawian music on the site,” Chikago and Whayo say.

Whayo said the buying processing through the website will be supported by Google checkout cart also known as Google Wallet. 

“Google Wallet is a reputable brand in e-commerce transactions and guarantees all buyers that their credit/debit card transactions will be 100% safe and fraud-free,” said Whayo. 

He said it is the goal of Malawi-Music to provide Malawi music customers with a fast and convenient checkout process, so that they get to download the music they want and legally own it at the same time supporting the local music industry in Malawi.

“You can purchase music on Nyimbo Zachimalawi using all major credit and signature debit cards from VISA®, MasterCard®, American Express®, and Discover®,” Whayo said.

The two youthful brains behind the website also encourages customers to use the music in a Godly and Christian way knowing that the artists in Malawi are suffering and need support and for their music to be purchased so that they finally financially gain from their God-given talents.

“Due to the wide number of artists in Malawi, it would take us a very long time to upload all songs and albums from the beginning up until now, and make them all available for sale on the Malawi Music website,” he said. 

So far musicians whose songs are on sale on the site have already started getting their money according to Whayo who added that under the agreement, after the sales Malawi Music gets 30 percent while the musician gets 70 percent.

There are currently 291 artists’ profiles, including the ones whose music is on sale.

Whayo said they look forward to working with record companies and other new artists to get their music up on the site as quickly as possible and make it available for sale and legal ownership. 

“We understand that this is a very challenging task and a beginning to a new era; hence we ask for your patience and understanding in order to make all music from Malawi available online,” declared Whayo.

Whayo and Chikago encourage all Malawians in Diaspora and friends of Malawi to visit the website and buy music from their favourite artists, just like they do on iTunes or Amazon.

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