GOSPEL artists raised concerns about the rise of music piracy in Kokstad and educated artists about their rights during a music workshop at the Bhongweni Youth Centre on Saturday. Chairperson of the Kokstad Artist Forum Dumisani Mngambi said that music piracy was destroying the music industry and they were partnering with other stakeholders to fight it. He asked people to buy original music as a way of supporting artists.“Kokstad is talented in music but that talent is not supported enough. “Because of this lack of support, we established an artist forum to educate artists about their rights and also assist them in obtaining gigs in government and municipality events”, said Mngambi.Attendants at the workshop included gospel artists from Kokstad and surrounding towns as well as other young people interested in the music industry.Artists were told to read documents before they sign contracts with music companies. Churches were also encouraged to support artists.Nolly Fumba, who is a gospel artist from Kokstad and the organiser of the workshop, asked artists to unite in fighting music piracy and to support one another.Local artists Sinokuhle Ndabe and Momelezi Maphoyi who attended the workshop told theFever that the workshop was “eye opening”.“I now know what is required to be a singer. I joined a worship team from my church with the purpose of growing my talent because one day I want to be a gospel artist,” said Ndabe.