4 December 2012

Kenya: Govt Warns Against Hate Speech in Music

The government has warned musicians against composing songs that might contain hate speech as the general elections looms. During the recent Kenya Music Development Conference hosted at Heron Court, the PS National Heritage and Culture Dr Jacob ole Miaron said the government will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute them in a court of law.

Also the PS appealed to KEMU (Kenya Music Union) to protect musicians as the country as musicians are set to cash in on composing songs for aspirants against getting raw deals from politicians.

The PS who has been on the forefront in championing the rights of the musicians has seen the formation of KEMU a body which deals with the affairs of the musicians.

This year's conference brought together musicians and union officials from across the globe in a three day meeting to discuss matters affecting musicians and how musicians can benefit from their carriers and their intellectual property rights.

"Plans are underway to recognise music and musicians as a profession that one can apply loans at the banks," KEMU vice chairman Harrison Katana said during the three day conference.

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