These were the statements of members of the Liberia Association of Gospel Musical Artists (LAGMA), on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, when they protested against piracy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Monrovia, where President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been running her office since a fire outbreak at the Executive Mansion on July 26, 2006.
The Liberian gospel musicians said the illegal transfer of their music through the use of memory chips, which is a copy right violation, continues to create problems for them as they do not receive any money for the music, and some do not get back the money they use to produce the music.
In an interview with journalists, LAGMA President, Zarweay Gaye, commonly referred to as “Zarweay the Elder,” called on President Johnson Sirleaf to intervene in their plight as the situation undermines not only gospel music, but also other music. “In order for us to succeed in our fight against this deadly disease called piracy, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf must act in our interest,” he stressed.
Zarweay the Elder recalled that since 1997 when the piracy law was adopted, it has always been violated by the public and pirates, and therefore called on the president to act swiftly to their cry.