Embrace e-book to improve literature in Zim: Manluckerz

By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWE needs to adopt to e-book to reduce piracy that is affecting lives and production of literature in the country, author-cum musician Luckson ‘Manlukerz’ Chikutu has said.
Chikutu who recently released his book “Flashback Identity” said hard copies were difficult to sell in the country and literature world is now compromised.
His book is being sold on several sites that include Vulkan.se, his website www.manluckerz.org and he is happy with the reception.
“Technology is moving fast and there is a need for us as artistes to move with it. Authors need to sell books on the internet so that they reach many people as well as curb piracy that is hitting the industry,” he added.
In the book, he urged Zimbabwean musicians to embrace digital world in order to create new sounds that can push their names forward.
Under the chapter Music Development through technology, the author-cum musician said technology can help spread any art form.
“Thanks to technological development, artistes can increasingly spread their art forms. In Addition, there are more courses available for artistes such as Music Business Programmes, Cultural Schools and Music Schools that can assist artistes with knowledge to develop their talents and adopt business models,” he said.
Chikutu said there is need for them to realise their potentials and monetise their talents.
“Today, there is musical education worldwide, which will affect the music industry in the future. Artistes now start to open their eyes and learn about their rights and recording companies which allow them to understand how valuable they really are,” he said.
He went on to explain how law is also an important aspect that every musician should understand.
“Law is an important component of the music world because there are now a lot of disputes in the industry. Musicians must sign contracts in the presence of lawyers to prevent or avoid disputes,” reads the book.
Chikutu also explained the development of traditional music and several cultural aspects.
“When I wrote this book I wanted the future generations to learn more about it, I am glad that people understand it. I will engage the authorities in the country so that it can be used as a set book in schools,” he said.