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article imageCD sales soar in zombie uproar

By Anne Sewell     Feb 26, 2012 in World
Durban - Following on from a recent story about a guy who claimed to be a singer who had risen from the dead after being held captive by zombies, CD sales by said deceased singer are soaring.
Digital Journal recently reported that a man claimed to be the late Khulekani Kwakhe "Mgqumeni" Khumalo - an award-winning Zulu folk musician who apparently died in 2009. On 12 February 2012 an update to the article advised that Police say that the man's fingerprints establish that he is in fact Sibusiso John Gcabashe, 28. Gcabashe will be charged with fraud.
However, something good has come from the debacle.
According to IOL, KwaZulu-Natal music shops are now being bombarded with requests for the late Khulekani “Mgqumeni” Khumalo’s music.
At Jet Music in Pine Street, Durban, product manager Shiraaz Moola said that sales had doubled after people heard the news of Mgqumeni’s “return”.
Moola said: “I tripled my order because of the huge demand for Mgqumeni’s music and the supplier ran out of stock.”
“There has been a boost in sales because before we were selling one or two CDs a day – but in these past few weeks we’ve been selling almost 50 a week,” said Moola.
Nonhle Zungu, a shop assistant at Musica in The Workshop shopping centre in Durban said: “We’ve never had anything of him in stock before, but after the news we had customers asking for his most recent CD.”
Mgqumeni sang Maskanda (or maskandi) which is a type of Zulu folk music that is evolving with South African society. Video example above.
We just have to hope that Mgqumeni's family will profit from the sales, not just the record company.
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