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OPERATION DUDULA (article first published : 2006-07-21)

In the wake of the successes of operation Dudula in clamping down on music and DVD pirates, an anti-piracy song simply entitled Dudula has been penned and is being recorded to promote consciousness of the drive to end CD and DVD piracy in South Africa.

Written and recorded in collaboration by various artists, Dudula is a rallying call to all South Africans to act on piracy. Work on the project began on June 24 when Grammy award-winning engineer John Linderman began laying down the first tracks for the song.

Artists involved include an impressive list of names such as Rebecca, Phusekhembisi, The Alexandra Brass Band, Ihasi Elimhlophe, Lundi, Lebo, Mandoza, Ringo, Tshepo Tshola, Jeff Maleke, Jonas Gwangwa, Hugh Masekela and Mzwakhe Mbuli. There are still some top names to be confirmed. The song is being produced by Chico and Percy Ingle.

"We are aiming to capitalise and build on the exposure that Operation Dudula has received in recent weeks," explained Mzwakhe Mbuli, the chief mover and conceiver of Operation Dudula, "With a song like this we aim to take our anti-piracy issue to the people and make them more aware of the threat it poses to our musicians, to our country and to our culture. It is an educational song with a strong message, but thanks to the contributions of some of our top artists, it is also a great song in its own right that we believe will do very well."

The recording of the song is just another small part of the overall vision behind operation Dudula (meaning "total removal"). The last few weeks have seen increasing action by the campaign to eradicate piracy in South Africa and this will continue to escalate in the next few months. The promised action includes more raids on established pirate strongholds and personnel, a series of music festivals around the country as well as dynamic information-sharing workshop and feedback sessions to manage and control the anti-piracy campaign.

The release date of the single has yet to be confirmed. More information from Mzwakhe Mbuli on 082 704 4325.




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