Musicians in Francistown and surrounding areas have been urged to put their act together and treat their trade as a business, if they want to reap the benefits in this cut throat industry.
Botswana Musicians Union President Bafana Phempherethe Pheto said during the union’s chapter three launch held in Francistown recently.
“In order for people to recognize and take artists seriously, we need to be more professional, in how we conduct ourselves and do business.
As artists you must stay clear of bad behavior. We are tired of hearing bad reports of musicians taking the law into their own hands,” said the BOMU President.
“Artists shoving and kidnapping people in car boots because they have not been paid.
Such behavior is unbecoming and tarnishes the image of artists. Leave such matters to the police.
They are there to assist and have the right to deal with outlaws”
Artists in attendance were further advised to acquire trading licenses, in order to clinch business deals or tenders with corporate bodies.
“The issue of trading license is a very serious matter. Without it you won’t get business. Our hands are tied. We cannot support artists who are not registered and who operate without a trading license,” Pheto said.
Thapelo Maleka aka MC Maswe is the Chairperson of the Francistown BOMU chapter while Fumani Tekere of Garero Multimedia is the secretary general.