Storm as MCSK pays musicians Sh2,500 ‘peanuts’ as royalties

Kenyan musicians are up in arms over the ‘peanuts’ they have been paid by Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) as royalty for their songs.

The body is tasked with collecting royalty on behalf of authors, composers, arrangers and publishers of musical works.

On Tuesday evening, it sent out Sh2,530 to each member via M-Pesa, but most musicians were unimpressed.

Award-winning hip hop star Khaligraph Jones led the onslaught by threatening to storm the MCSK offices.

He also warned the body to never collect royalties on his behalf because he has granted “authorization for his music to be pirated”.

“MCSK Siku Moja Tutakuja Kuwavuruga uko Mbaya Sana, Msijaribu kunitumia izi peanuts tena, In fact 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,” Khaligraph Jones posted.

Other artistes also took to social media to express their disgust at the ‘peanuts’. They included Wangechi, Nikita Kering, Holy Dave and King Kaka.

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Kama royalties ntalipwa same na @khaligraph_jones then pia show mtakuwa mnanilipa rate yake. The OGs shall be respected. 1f602 - Storm as MCSK pays musicians Sh2,500 ‘peanuts’ as royalties #MCSKchallenge #PlayKE #PayKE. 1f1f0 1f1ea - Storm as MCSK pays musicians Sh2,500 ‘peanuts’ as royalties

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Music Copyright Society of Kenya – MCSK has just sent me Ksh 2,530 as royalties for my music. It is the second time that I have recieved such a whooping amounts in my music career spanning 20yrs. Wacha sasa nitafute nyumba kubwa na Ferrari with this ksh 2,530 so as to live like akina Rick Ross. Music is well paying in Kenya. 1f60f - Storm as MCSK pays musicians Sh2,500 ‘peanuts’ as royalties1f613 - Storm as MCSK pays musicians Sh2,500 ‘peanuts’ as royalties1f622 - Storm as MCSK pays musicians Sh2,500 ‘peanuts’ as royalties

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