On Tuesday, 23 July 2019, Kwesta shared that he is one of the artists that lent his voice to the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association’s (CAPASSO) new awareness song.
The Composers, Authors and Publishers Association (CAPASSO) took to their social media pages on Tuesday, 23 July 2019, to unveil their new awareness theme song dedicated to raising awareness on the detrimental effects of the Copyright Amendment Bill. One of the musicians featured on the new awareness single is celebrated rapper, Kwesta.
The Bill has been opposed by many artists and authors who feel unprotected by the current bill as it allows for people who want to use an artist’s work for educational purposes to do so without the artist’s permission or compensation. Many artists who lent their voices and faces to the single are trying to get the Bill amended as “educational purposes” has a broad definition and open to interpretation that could result in an artist’s work being exploited.
The upbeat song hinges on the track’s catchy hook that states, “Vikela thina.” The phrase is in isiZulu and loosely translates to “protect us”. The song aims to bring awareness to the importance of protecting artists and their works, and why it is important to have the Bill amended.
The song is not officially released yet. CAPASSO has, however, shared a two-minute-long preview of the music video for the theme song. Apart from Kwesta, the song features the voices and faces of some of the most recognisable artists in South Africa. Some of the artists that lent themselves to the music video and single include Jimmy Nevis, Vicky Sampson, Zolani Mahola from Freshly Ground, The Soil and Chymamusique.
The song and the music video currently sits at just under 1 000 views on the association’s Twitter page, with over 30 likes and 29 retweets.
Watch the CAPASSO theme song below.
Musicians collaborated and recorded this song highlighting the detrimental effects of the Copyright Amendment Bill on Musicians.@KwestaDaKAR @zolanombona @VickySampson18 @OfficialSAMPRA @SAMROMusic@themusicimbizo @wati_@Chymamusique @RelebogileM @Mary_JaneSA @MusicInAfrica pic.twitter.com/Bp4tYdo1zu
— CAPASSO (@CapassoHub) July 23, 2019