By Tinomutenda Midzi
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s son Emmerson (Jnr) better known by his moniker St.Emmo has bemoaned the state of the local music industry .
St Emmo told the Mail and Telegraph on Monday that he was at pains even to say there is existence of a music industry in the country.
“I will be honest with you I don’t think there is an industry at all. There is no industry. We have a lot of artistes who are very talented but no one is making money.We can single out a few the likes of Jah Prayzah and Oliver Mtukudzi,”he said.
St.Emmo said there is need to put a lot of systems in place so that the industry booms.
“I think the first step is creating an educational system to the music industry or the entertainment industry. This industry is obviously a westernised industry and there are systems that are put in place in America and here in Zimbabwe we don’t know how those system work so if we can get education system where people are trained it can help.We need to have managers and promoters with knowledge for instance ZIMURA has a backlog three years without paying artistes royalties,” he said
St Emmo started his music career in 2010 after finishing his music studies in Cape Town, South Africa.
He released his debut album in 2012 which has had some of its singles played in South Africa radio stations and his 2018 debut Love Default music video got positive appreciation on YouTube.
St Emmo said his music has an undefined genre. “My music doesn’t belong to any particular genre, it’s basically a fusion of house, afro pop etc,” he said.
He also revealed that he was engaging relevant authorities and lobby for more support for the music industry.