The Star (Nairobi)

14 January 2013

Kenya: Nonini Named Top Earner of 2012

Self proclaimed Godfather of Genge Nonini is the highest earner for the first quarter royalty distribution for the period July 2012 to September 2012, for the Music Copyright Society of Kenya.

Nonini - real name Hubert Nakitare - topped the list of artistes whose music was the most played based on the MCSK collections from performances in public places.

The process of determining the top earner was by use of log sheets obtained from radio and television stations to make these distributions and also use statistics obtained from sales of music.

Closely following Nonini was Maji Maji's company, Ivory Music, Jaguar took position three, the late Angela Chibalonza was the highest earning gospel artiste coming at fourth place, Wyre took fifth followed by Habida.

David Makali's company Sound Africa settled at seventh place followed by Pamela Akinyi for Les Wanyika while Nameless and Ringtone took position nine and ten respectively.

A statement released by MCSK's Maurice Okoth read, "We are extremely elated at the results because we have artistes earning six figure royalties for a quarter period. This shows by the end of the year we could have artists earning millions shillings in royalties.

The top ten are also going to be awarded at the second annual MCSK Gala Awards in July 2013.

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