In a recent article , the man who apparently invented the popular and now controversial hover board said he is not making money from his invention despite their current popularity. The gadgets are being made by many factories with quality under scrutiny as many safety incidents have led to the boards being outlawed for use in public spaces in many places.
“I visited some of the knockoff factories. They actually thanked me for having the imagination to invent it. They understand they’ve infringed my patent but they know there’s nothing I can do,” Chen said.
One of the questions that people ask a lot when it comes to mbira is whether it is ever OK for non-Zimbabweans to seek to profit from mbira. Others ask the question slightly differently by enquiring on when it OK to profit from mbira when you are not Zimbabwean. Often the discussion on mbira and money emerges around the topic of cultural appropriation.
With the consideration that Zimbabwean made does not guarantee quality, what’s your view on making money from mbira?