Kenyans have trooped to social media sites to castigate the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) for paying local artistes peanuts in royalties.
The social media rage against MCSK began after rapper Khaligraph Jones shared a screenshot of an M-Pesa message confirming he had received only KSh 2,530 as payment for his annual royalties.
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MCSK Siku Moja Tutakuja Kuwavuruga uko Mbaya Sana, Msijaribu kunitumia izi peanuts tena, Infact I have given Authorization for my Music to be pirated, Don’t collect money on my Behalf anymore, Nisiskie mmeshika mtu akicheza Wimbo zangu kwa street, msinitumie izo peanuts zenu tena, The OG shall be respected #mrinternational
More artistes joined the conversation and opened up about similar frustrations the MCSK has subjected them throughout their career.
Among musicians who weighed in on the matter included King Kaka and Woman in Love hit maker, Vivian, who both claimed to have received KSh 2,500.
Netizens questioned the criteria used by MCSK to allocate artistes their respective royalties after it emerged most were receiving a flat rate of KSh 2,500, including those who last released a song close to a decade ago.
— Gibendi Ramenya (@ItsRamenya) August 14, 2019
Khaligraph and King Kaka are among top artistes in the country who are enjoying a flourishing entertainment career with a huge fan base across the border.
For them to receive an average of KSh 2,500 speaks volumes about the frustrations other musicians face in terms of royalties.
😂😂😂 Maze joh! It’s quite a shame that it’s like that across the board! Every artist got a F U mpesa amount. MCSK is letting down artists just when Kenyans have stepped up their support. 🤦🏾♀️
— Bambi 💋 (@Lencer_B) August 14, 2019
— #HomeOfEntertainment (@HotlineClique) August 14, 2019
How could they do that to my all time favourite rapper.@Mcsk is a scam
— Stellah Mwaniki (@mwaniki_stellah) August 14, 2019
As in, 2019 and there's no official music chart to rate Kenyan releases.
The barest of minimums. All MCSK does is extort money from individuals and establishments and pay out peanuts.
Disband it. It's a useless entity.
— Rastafaryen Targaryen (@WarariJK) August 14, 2019
Kwa hivo mnasema Khaligraph Jones after kuspit mistari more than 10k, amelipwa 2500+ ya kutoa na MCSK? This is a joke bana. Sasa Octopizzo si itabaki amefuliziwa thate bob😿
— Subaru Owner (@mawira377) August 14, 2019
Why is MCSK holding secret meetings? How much are they spending on those hotels compared to what they’ve paid artists? We’ll add more information to this thread as we receive them.
— KOT Tea Server (@KOTeaServer) August 14, 2019