Many musicians in the country today woke up to their disappointment in a body they expect to value them. Music Copyrights Society of Kenya is today our focus as they have been accused of fraud.
Imagine handing over your music to the body you expect to fight for your right only to realize that the same body is the one mishandling them.
“So MCSK sends everyone Kshs 2500 * 15k members that’s 37M are you sure that’s all you collected. Kukula jasho ya Mtu ni laana na naskia kama hauna license wanakushika right there and then, Wacheni ufala,” King Kaka vented out.
To this MCSK responded by saying:
“We have distributed royalties to all our members (13,967) general distribution. Its PPP distribution (Performance in Public Places) this are collections from public places for only 2 months. Please Note that we haven’t received a dime from any broadcasters who exploit music.”
Suzanna Owiyo responded to the MCSK, by posting an Mpesa message that indicates she has received Ksh. 253o . She mentioned of demagogues who sit at MCSK, trying to deny artists their royalties.
On the other hand, Khaligraph Jones has gone ahead to inform his fans to pirate his music at their free will since MCSK, doesn’t care about their plight
The beef between MCSK and Kenyan artistes, on whose behalf they collect royalties, is not something new.
In 2016, three-member band, Elani, raised a similar storm by revealing that they had received royalties worth only Sh31,000 for songs played on radio and TV for a year.
However, after raising their concerns with MCSK, the group was later pacified with a “compensation” of Sh300,000.
What’s your take on this?