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There is no money in CDs - DikBones

by Rosalia David

Kwaito artist Benediktus Witbooi popularly known as DikBones said that there is no money in CD sales.

He said this after he collaborated with Afrikaans rapper S-Man on a double album that was released last year.

DikBones who is a former member of the StreetKidz told Vibe that printing a bunch of copies has become a waste of money for artists.

“I would not sit here and lie to you trying to make myself look good. All musicians know that there is no money in CD sales anymore. So, I did not waste my time to print many copies from the first album titled ‘Pick and Choose’,” he said.

The artist who plans on only releasing an album next year, said his Pick and Choose was released to promote his brand as a solo artist and was nominated in the 2016 Namibia Annual Music Awards for Best Kwaito.

“I just did not want to print thousands of copies and store them somewhere getting dusted and that’s it and that is why I am only dropping my second project next year although I am almost done with it,” DikBones said.

He is also pushing his Suide Maak Vrede merchandise which he said has been selling like hot cakes in the south.

Although his music is predominantly Kwaito, he prefers to keep an ambiguous genre specification.

Apart from identifying CD sales as one of the challenges in the music industry right now, DikBones said local artists are still not getting the respect and fair treatment from event organisers.

“There is still favouritism in our industry, especially these event organisers. I send you my quotation with my biography and the organiser will still have the audacity to call me back and ask who is Bones? If you have been following the music industry you will know,” he explained.

He further pointed out that not being recognised has discouraged many musicians.

“It is just those things that sometimes make a person want to give up but I believe a winner never gives up and I am sure at the end of the tunnel there is light,” he advised.

DikBones said, “I am more comfortable now, I can jump on a kwaito beat, reggae, hip hop, I wouldn’t want to be categorised, I am strictly just an artist. I believe being solo has also taught me a lot about music in general.”