SEYDONI AND MALI K7 THROW IN THE TOWEL
of the musical works.
Since a few years, the Malian artists are complaining about the piracy
of their musical works. To protest in an official way against the silence
of the politico-administrative authorities, Seydoni Mali SA and Mali K7
SA, two companies of production and duplication, decided to close their
Wednesday March 16, 2005, Mali K7 SA and Seydoni Mali SA stopped working
"Closed, victim of unfair competition and piracy", is the quite
perceptible message that the companies of duplication of the place posted
up in the buildings to inform their customers or possible visitors.
Mali and Mali K7 animated Wednesday March 16 a joint press conference
to explain their decision.
Berthier, Director of Mali K7, very angry against the authorities of the
country did not hesitate to denounce their attitudes.
reproach the authorities their timidity in the fight against the piracy
of the musical works.
to him, piracy kills the artists and the companies of production and duplication
"There are so many pirated cassettes on the market that we are obliged
to work only 3 to 4 days per month. It’s not easy, by working 4
days per month, to pay the wages. We cannot pay the electricity, the telephone”,
that, he estimated that the closing of the enterprise is the best way
his side, Fousseyni Traoré, Director of Seydoni Mali recalled that
only 2 % of the cassettes sold in the streets in Mali are legal "All
the remainder is counterfeit which floods the market without embarrassment",
then estimated that it is time that the authorities involve by the sides
of the artists to dam up this plague which kills the Malian culture.
Soumaoro, first price RFI Musique du monde 2004, put forward the gravity
of the phenomenon. According to him, a musical news work is pirated in
Mali two days after its marketing "We require from the government
that it takes its responsibilities", he claimed.
If the persons in charge of enterprises and the elder artists expressed
themselves with much diplomacy, the young artists vigorously denounced
the Fulani child required from the state that it take its responsibilities
before the irreparable does occur. According to him, the artists will
not any more let the things go on like that and will revenge themselves
"We will take our responsibilities by moralizing the market for the
sale for the cassettes".
arranger Alassane Soumano posed the problem under the edge of the social
security of the artists/musicians. He is outraged by the multiple interventions
of the president of the Republic each time an artist is sick. According
to him, it should have attracted the attention of the authorities on the
fact that there’s a dysfunction somewhere.
Soumano estimates that the Malian music is very rich. However, he doesn’t
manage to understand the poverty of the artists/musicians in Mali.
this reason, he wants to know the use the state makes of the 35 % taken
on the authors’ rights.
Soumano invited the Malian authorities to involve sincerely in the fight
against piracy. According to him, if the things are done in the right
way, there’s reason that an artist does not live of his work.
her side, Mamou Sidibé, the virtuoso of Ganadougou, told one of
her mishaps with the young retailers of pirated cassettes. According to
her, these young people pushed bumptiousness to come to propose a pirated
cassette to her of her work released on 1999. "This day, without
the intervention of the police officers, they wanted to beat me because
i refused to buy my own cassette pirated", she will say.
Konaté of Mali K7 indicated that the decision of closing of their
company marks their refusal to return 25 years back "We refuse to
be obliged to go in Ivory Coast, in Nigeria or in France to make a cassette.
For that we close to take the people as witness ", he concluded.