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#EndRapeCulture Enough (Lock U Up)

📷 by KIM of Diamonds
Artwork inspired by a women’s march which took place in 2019, Malawi #MyBodyMyRights

Every year we read so many cases of women & girls being sexually violated – raped by strange & familiar men.

Why does it seem like we’re stuck in this vicious cycle as a society? Why are the many campaigns for #EndingRapeCulture not been effective?

Source: Unknown

The reality is we’re not doing enough to protect women & girls. Men & boys are also victims of other men sexually violating them – to whom do they turn to with such issues in our culture of silencing men.


Victims spend years with psychological trauma whilst perpetrators get away scot-free & oftentimes commit the same offense elsewhere. Worse still, perpetrators are fathers, uncles, grandfathers, cousins, brothers, step relatives, teachers, the list is endless!


We’ve seen a lot of promises about ending rape culture but the actions on the ground show that there isn’t a strong enough deterrent to keep rapists from committing crimes against other people’s bodies. Babies are victims. Young women. Mothers. Grandmothers. People with disabilities. Men & boys too. What needs to change? Who is responsible for the progress in this fight against rape culture? How and will victims ever fully heal & what compensation do they get for their ordeal?

We took the streets with #TakeItToTheStreetsMalawi2020 & we rallied together as women and men with placards that stated the outright truth – “My body, my rights”. That’s the story behind the artwork for “Enough (Lock U Up)”

That’s what inspired my latest song “Enough (Lock U Up)” which features incredible spoken word poetess, Dark Shadow and was produced by Ckay 🇲🇼

It is an anthem for standing up against these violent actions & calling for justice to be done on the behalf of women and girls who’ve been violated sexually.

Enough (Lock U Up) KIM of Diamonds; Dark Shadow


We want to see perpetrators being locked away for life for the damage they do to womens and girls’ bodies. In reality we do want to see them receive more severe punishments than being locked away. We hope to see strides in the cause in the next couple years.

I tried looking for a toll number for rape victims and I didn’t find any. If you have any more information on a toll number that can be used in Malawi for people who want to report rape cases, please share the information in the comment section below.

You can download Download “Enough (Lock U Up)” from my shop 💎

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#MusicMondayInspiration

“The day you plant the seed is not the day you’ll eat the fruit…”

Fabienne Fredrickson

One of my favourite sayings in the world.

Reminds me about patience in life: patience when building something for yourself, patience when seeing others building for themselves too.

We plant seeds, water them, do what we can & keep going.

That’s how I see this music thing as well: each song is a seed & with each release you don’t sit around waiting for responses or for your song to go viral – you go back into the studio to record some more songs to put out. (We’ll talk about the other things needed to make your music releases better each time in other posts).

This year, I’m challenging myself to release more music & for each song to be better than the last & I want YOU to join me – as an upcoming music creative hungry to enter the industry & make a name for yourself or as an established music creative looking to add more gas to your catalogue.

2022 demands new keys for new doors

Join me & let’s put out quality music – weekly, monthly, every two months (you decide the pattern that works for you realistically but also remember to push yourself!)

It’s going to take honesty, time & soul energy – all of which we have in abundance & now what is left is to apply – consistently & keep it moving!

My Throwback song of the week: Bad Company (2020), produced by The Beat Banger

I hope to be your gas-buddy this year because I will be gassing you up with some pep talk, useful links, opportunities & resources to help us go to the next level.

Keep your headphones on, more music loading!

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Getting Your Music On Distribution Platforms

My precious Diamonds, I made a post on my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/kimofdiamonds on whether my fellow Malawian upcoming & established artists know how to distribute their music to platforms like Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, Deezer & Pandora. From the comments, I decided to create a post that would help other Malawian artists to understand some of the important basics that make up a growing music career like getting their music on distribution platforms to reach a wider audience, so read on.
 
Getting your music on Distribution platforms (also known as DSPs) like Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer and Tidal is one of the most important things you can do for your music career, whether you are an upcoming artist or an established artist.
 
But before you upload your music online for Spotify, Apple & co to distribute, you need to make sure your music is high quality from the final mastered version of it, to the lyrics and content because at the end of the day if you want to grow your music brand you must deliver on the quality and content front – very important!
 
There really is not a special formula on the best distribution platform, you just have to do your research on which Distribution platform is best for you depending on your budget. I have listed some of them below & I encourage you to spend some time looking them up because there are many options out there

Dittomusic

(I am currently using Dittomusic to distribute my music. I might switch to another DSP later on depending on my strategy in a few months)
Per Year
Artist: $12/ MWK9,803
Professional (for 2 artists): $19/ MWK15,521
Label (for 5 artists): $45/ MWK37,000
 

Distrokid

$19.99/MWK16,400 to upload unlimited songs & albums for a year
 

Tunecore

Album $29.99/MWK24,500
Single $9.99/ MWK8,161
 

Amuse

Options:
Free
Boost: $24.99/ MWK20,415
Pro: $59.99/ MWK49,005
 
A couple of things to note is each Distribution platform differs slightly in their terms and conditions. For most, you will have to pay an annual fee to the Distribution platform of your choice and you get to upload and distribute as many songs as you want in a year.
 
We will talk about the perks of signing up to a Distribution Platform in another post! But for now, here is food for thought if you are looking to get serious about growing your audience as a musician beyond Malawian borders.
 
P.S: You can use your TNM Virtual Card to pay for your annual subscription fee on any of these distribution websites if you do not have a bank card with Visa or Mastercard
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If you are signed up to a Distribution Platform already, comment below which one and why you prefer it 👇