Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) has responded to claims that it paid musicians too little in music royalties.
The rant was started by rapper Khaligraph Jones who noted that he only received Sh2,530 from the body that restarted operations at the start of the year following a two year freeze.
Sounding a warning to the body tasked with collecting royalty on behalf of authors, composers, arrangers and publishers of musical works, the OG asked to never again receive the “peanuts.”
Also on attack mode was King Kaka who just like Khaligraph received Sh2,530.
He said, “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.”
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Kwanza Kabisa I thought it was just @khaligraph_jones anazusha then I got my fair share. Watu kama @SautiSol watatumia hii doh aje surely?? If my math serves me right 2500 * 15,000 members that’s 37,500,000 , MCSK are you sure you collected 37M in one year. Na nikikuja kwa your offices it’s all new cars na muliingia kwa ofisi mkiwa kwa Boda. This is very sad and siku moja tutakuja kwa hizo ofisi. Kukula jasho ya Mtu Mwingine ni laana. Anyway Wacha nikanunue nyumba Na hii pesa yangu, if you are selling a property kindly DM serious DMs only. Sasa ntaambia nini watoi wangu? #eastlandoroyalty
MCSK finally responded to King Kaka noting that the “peanuts” were more than the artistes deserved, adding that the monies were “collections from public places for only 2 months.”
In tweets that have already been taken down, the copyrights body wrote, “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.”
“Secondly, We made a general distribution because if we strictly followed scientific distribution then 70% of the money collected will be paid to the international societies. We all know that Kenyan music receives little airplay. The figures you’d receive would be less,” MCSK added.
While some received Sh2,530, others like Sauti Sol did not receive a dime.