attack the pirates
K7 and Seydoni/Mali are closed because of piracy since more than one month
(March 16 - April 16, 2005). Not being able any more to support this situation,
the Malian artists are now determined to prevent the pirates from ruining
them and to force the government to take its responsibilities.
the artists met last Friday at the CCF to discuss about the attitude to
adopt with respect to the closing of Mali K7 and Seydoni/Mali, victims
of piracy. They were about thirty to make the displacement among which
Oumou Sangaré, Nènè Sourakassi, Cheick Oumar Diabaté,
Afel Bocoum, Bassékou Kouyaté, Tata Pound, Nampé
Sadio, Mariétou Diabaté…
they are decided to prevent the pirates from "working" in impunity.
Thus, initially, they will tackle the itinerant salesmen. Swipes are thus
envisaged for filling stations, bar-restaurants, hotels… to prevent
them from selling off their fraudulent goods. "We do not bear these
children a grudge. Our ambition is only to prevent them from helping the
pirates to kill the Malian music and culture", underlines Oumar Diallo
"Barou" (ex-Farafina Lolo), one of the spokesman of the artists.
"We will simply ask them politely to return us the paperboards. If
they don’t cooperate, we will be obliged to tear off their goods
from them ", specifies King Lassy Massassy, the other spokesman of
the artists. The seized cassettes will be counted and deposited at the
ministry for the Culture. "We want the authorities to witness our
dissatisfaction. We want them to go out of their indifference to really
fight this plague as they fight against the traffic of drug, the smuggling
of cigarettes and tissues…", underlines Barou. "The Minister
of Culture is an artist like us. He thus suffers from piracy as much as
we do. We have no doubt about his engagement in this combat. But, we think
that he needs the support of the artists so that the government gives
him the means of his policy ", he adds.
"We will remain mobilized until the market is cleansed and disencumbered
of the pirates. We will maintain this dash in order to not lower the arms
any more as it’s the case each time the authorities promise us to
act. We are tired of these unfulfilled promises. We want concrete acts.
And we are ready, young artists that we are, to do anything to push the
government to acted ", King ensures. "We count on our elder
like Salif Kéita, Ali Farka Touré… to take the direction
of this combat. The presence of Oumou Sangaré at the meeting of
last Friday comforted us a lot. Her remarks prove her engagement. If all
our stars followed Oumou and Idrissa Soumaoro by our sides, I am sure
that we can push the authorities to be acted against the plague ",
artists are still angry against the Malian Office of the authors’
rights (BUMDA). "Instead of finding a solution supporting the reopening
of Mali K7 and Seydoni, the BUMDA delivers authorizations to false producers
so they can manufacture tapes elsewhere. That is inadmissible. Even if
we have managed yet to gather all the proofs against them, everything
leads to believe that many of these people are pirates disguised into
producers ", says Barou.
For King, «authorizing these people to manufacture tapes abroad
means to encourage them to import pirated cassettes in Mali. How people
who often cannot order more than 1.000 cassettes on the spot can allow
themselves to order cassettes by containers? The robbery is there!".
"Seydoni and Mali K7 do not only make the duplication of the cassettes,
they also ensure the distribution and the production of the artists. How
many young artists do have the means to go to record abroad? Very little.
But, thanks to Mali K7 and Seydoni much young people like us had the opportunity
to show their talent. That is an essential aspect that the Bumda should
not neglect any more. We will take care of that ", they ensure.
determination and their engagement are real. The artists are ready to
fight with those who despoil them from the fruits of their work. Unless
the authorities quickly concretize their promises by vigorous initiatives
in order to dismantle the network of piracy in Mali.