The long-standing battle between Kenyan musicians and the Music Copyright Society Of Kenya still goes on and seems far from over.
The government arm that sees through the collection of royalties in public performance and broadcasting, on behalf of its members and to distribute the same to its members seems to anger the members every year.
As of yesterday, MSCK disbursed funds to its members amounting to Ksh 2530. This amount was sent out to every artist registered with them and it caused a furore online. Khaligraph Jones posted the message online with the caption “MCSK Siku Moja tutakuja kuwavuruga Uko mbaya Sana, Sijaribu Kunitumia izi peanuts teta”.
Fena also posted the same screenshot, Kayvo Kayforce, Wangechi and other acts too. Clearly, the musicians are being exploited by the powers that be where it doesn’t matter if you had a hit song last year, you receive the same exact amount as someone who’s jam barely made it on the radio.
Suzanna Owiyo, King Kaka and other artists have also come out.
Over the next few days, we shall observe and see what the artists decide to do as it is clear the board collects more money and distributes peanuts.