Malawi’s superstar Tay Grin, real name Limbani Kalilani, is representing the country at the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) symposium which is talking place in Harare, Zimbabwe from June 12 to 13.
Tay Grin was invited by ARIPO’s Director General Fernando dos Santos. The symposium is on Copyright and Related Rights for Heads of Copyright and Collective Management Organisations under the theme “Shaping the Copyright and Related Rights System in Africa.”
In a press release, Tay Grin said he is honoured to be representing Malawi.
“The important issues I will be highlighting are infringement of the copyright and the enforcement of the Copyright Law. As artists, we are struggling to earn from our work in terms of royalties. There is a lot of piracy taking place as we are unable to sell our music and there is also a lot of illegal downloads,” he said.
Apart from the discussion on the chosen topic, Tay Grin will also share his success story.
“Personally, I will be able to share with others how I have become successful. How my music influences a lot of artists in Malawi to remain true to their culture,” he said.
The purpose of the symposium is to discuss critical copyright issues affecting Africa and explore ways to address copyright in the digital environment for the benefit of the right holders, users and other stakeholders. The topic of discussion will be: Experience Sharing: Showcasing Success Stories.
Tay Grin’s influence on the local and international stage has grown since he came in the limelight around 2005. He is arguably the most successful artist of his generation with a number of awards, international TV appearances, international performances and collaborations with international artists. In 2014, he was voted Most Influential Person by Hub Magazine UK and he also won a Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts (BEFFTA) award for Best International African Act; in 2016 he won BEFFTA Star Award in the music category, voted 2016 Malawian urban artist and best video (UMP) and won 2016 WatsUp TV Africa Music Video Awards Best Traditional Video award with Chipapapa which features Nigeria’s 2baba and in 2017, he won Nyasa Music Awards’ in three categories Best Male, Best Live and Best Video. In 2018, he won Nyasa Music Awards again as Best Male Artist and Best Collaboration.
Tay Grin has collaborated with Sway (UK), Brick & Lace (Jamaica), Naeto C (Nigeria), Ice Prince (Nigeria), 2face (Nigeria), Wahu (Kenya), Nameless (Kenya), Double HP (South Africa), Lira (South Africa), Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), Gal Level (Namibia), Scar (Botswana), Petersen (Zambia), Kmillian (Zambia), Vee (Botswana), Stagga (Botswana), Hamoba (Zambia), Slap Dee (Zambia), DA Les and Ishmael (South Africa) Orezi (Nigeria) and Ric Hassani (Nigeria).