Family members of the late talented gospel Malawian artist Grace Chinga have called on the Malawi Police Service to arrest all people who are selling unreleased songs of the late musician.
According to late Chinga’s uncle, Pastor Isaac Mpazula, this is a worrisome development as it will have a negative impact to the family considering that the artist left three children who are also relying on the same songs for a source of a living.
“This is a burden to us; the problem is that at the funeral you saw some three children. They are relying on the same music. But see what these people are doing. These are automatically thieves, so we are asking for help from all Malawians on the matter,” said Mpazula.
Mpazula further said it was in the plan of their late daughter to launch the album by July this year and he assured that they are committed to do so with financial help from well-wishers.
Joining his uncle was late Chinga’s brother, Joseph Chinga who asked Copyright Association of Malawi (Cosoma) to immediately confiscate and secure the songs.
“We are worried with the development. You can see that we are still mourning the death of our beloved daughter and it is so painful to hear that some people are doing that.
“So my question is should it be a double cry? We are crying that we have lost our sister and someone is also stealing from us, why? So I would like to see Malawi police arresting these people for the protection of the songs,” said Chinga.
He wondered where the thieves got the songs saying the one in control and producing the songs assured them that the songs are secured and won’t be pirated which is contrary to what is happening.
Chinga’s death shocked many Malawians and thousands of people attended her funeral at Robin’s Park in Blantyre.