As the music industry is growing in East Africa, Tanzania is said to have a good opportunity of excelling as several good musicians are emerging each passing day. This is good, for it can make Tanzania very well known, not only in East Africa but also in other parts of the world. Development of the music industry in Tanzania may be boosted in one way or another by the government itself through its organs. These are the ones, which are supposed to supervise the works of local artistes in general. An example of such organs is the Copyright Society of Tanzania (Cosota) whose role is, among others, to curb music piracy. This problem is becoming big these days in Tanzania. For instance, it was reported recently that Cosota had discovered two outlets that were dealing with music piracy along Mazengo street in Upanga area and Buguruni Malapa in Dar es Salaam. 

That was good news for local musicians as well as music stakeholders. Likewise, it was good news for other Tanzanians who would like to see the music industry in this country develops. I think that what Tanzanians want to see is that those captured industries face the long arm of the law, this because it is a long time since music piracy has been going on in this country, but for all this time it seems that nobody cared about it It was reported that the captured industries were also dealing with other vices like duplication of films. They were also believed to be dealing in this vice locally as well as beyond our borders. Now local musicians as well as other artists need to cooperate closely with Cosota in order to solve this problem. This is because basically the musicians are the ones who suffer from such plunder. Efforts to nab the people behind those industries have been facilitated by the ministry of home affairs, which recently formed a special unit that will work hand in hand with Cosota on music piracy. This cooperation should be extended to other people involved in the industry as well like the musicians themselves and music fans. 

Last year some local musicians raised complaints that Cosota was doing nothing towards the development of music in Tanzania. But looking at the other side of the matter, it seems that many musicians in this country are not members of Cosota. So it is difficult to help such musicians who are not members of Cosota. 
But it was also claimed that apart from not being members of Cosota they did not show any cooperation with Cosota despite the latter having made a good start on the issue. It is certain that such industries are not only in Dar es Salaam but they are in upcountry areas as well. Local artists and musicians have now to help Cosota as much as they can. This is because if there is good cooperation and coordination between Cosota, artists and stakeholders in the music industry, music piracy will be abolished much faster than expected. After Dar es Salaam Cosota should go upcountry to look for more culprits. For to limit the exercise to Dar es Salaam will not help much to stamp out the vice. 

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