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From cassettes to WhatsApp MP3s: How music distribution has evolved in Zimbabwe

Music in Zimbabwe

Who remembers the days when you had to use a pen or pencil to rewind a cassette tape? It feels like a lifetime ago, and for good reason. The production and distribution of music in Zimbabwe (and the world over) has been liberalized to the point that anyone with a laptop can be a producer and artists.

The shift has also seen the downfall of the power that record labels like Gramma Records and radio stations held over artists. In most cases, local radio stations are sourcing their music on WhatsApp and online, like everyone else. To talk more about the industry and how it has changed over the years I was joined by Plot Mhako a man who has deep roots in the local music scene. He is also the journalist who broke the NashTv contract leak that we reported on earlier this year.

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2 thoughts on “From cassettes to WhatsApp MP3s: How music distribution has evolved in Zimbabwe

  1. Let’s zero rate the site and share podcast links where they will be charged real data instead.

  2. Change Whatsapp ringtones using songs in your phone’s internal memory easily. You just need to download the mp3 tracks, then go to Setting -> Ringtones

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