Sauti Sol Withdraw MCSK Membership

Celebrated Kenyan boy band, Sauti Sol, has officially announced that they are withdrawing their membership from the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK). This shocking decision comes as a result of the band’s dissatisfaction with MCSK’s handling of artist royalties, which they have described as dishonest.

In a statement released on their official social media pages, the band expressed their frustration with MCSK, questioning,”Why does MCSK always act like they are doing Kenyan musicians a favour?”. The four-point memo mainly addresses two concerns; one about the handling of finances and the other about legal status of the company.

The band has faulted that Dr Ezekiel Mutua led MCSK for failing to remit the required 70 percent of royalties collected on behalf of artists to them. In not so many words, they accuse the board of being greedy – with a visibly angry tone. This greed, they further argue is enabled a culture of unaccountability where artists are not given a proper breakdown of how the money paid to them has been calculated.

The statement also points out that the Music Copyright Society of Kenya currently operates without a license from The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), a contravention of the law. The Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) is a State Corporation established under Section 3 of the Copyright Act No 12 of 2001 of the laws of Kenya, to administer and enforce Copyright and related rights in Kenya.

Sauti Sol has urged other artists to follow their lead and leave MCSK, stating that it does not serve their interests. The band’s decision to speak out may force pressure on the society to get its act right as they are Kenya’s biggest music export. It is worth noting that MCSK has a bad reputation with Kenyan artists, with the likes of King Kaka, Khaligraph Jones, and Nyashinski having openly spoken out against the body.