The confusion surrounding the payment of royalties to Kenyan artist has caught the President’s attention.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered an immediate probe on the Music Copyright Society of Kenya- MSCK confusion where artist recently received peanuts despite getting adequate airplay.
The tough talking President Uhuru also ordered the transfer of Copyright board from the Attorney general’s office to The ICT Ministry for smooth running of the entertainment sector.
While addressing mourners during the burial of top musician John De’ Matthew, President Uhuru said most of those using music in their daily operations have failed to remit royalties to the copyright organisation.
“We are doing a disservice to our artist, we should make them earn from their sweat,” reiterated the President.
He said such measures would end the push and pull that has been witnesses between the MCSK and artists countrywide.
Uhuru’s sentiments come amid total confusion in the entertainment sector after artists were handed Ksh.2, 500 each after three years of waiting.
Artist scoffed at the copyright organisation for failing to value the artists’ efforts.
The artists among them Willy Paul, King Kaka, Sauti Sol among many others accused the copyright organisation for misusing and propagating lies to artists.
[Renowned artist Willy Paul].
“I am yet to understand about the payment of Ksh. 2, 500 I received from MCSK this is underrating us and actually killing the music industry,” noted renowned Kenyan rapper King Kaka.
However MCSK defended itself saying it has so far paid over 80 million shillings to artists as royalties countrywide.