15 February 2013

Kenya: 400 Musicians Demand Royalties in Nyeri

More than 400 musicians from the Mt Kenya region have accused the Music Copyright Society of Kenya of not paying them their royalties.

The musicians walked out of the seminar organised by the society in Nyeri on Wednesday.

They said the Sh 1,000 allowances they were given is not enough as they are entitled to Sh 2,000 during a regional meeting and Sh 5,000 during an annual general meeting.

Beth Maina, a gospel musician, said they are suffering in the hands of the society."We been recording our music at a very high price but the MCSK does not give us our royalties after they collect the money," she said.

However, MCSK chairman Michael Maganzo said royalties are paid to musicians whose songs have received air play.Maganzo said the meeting in Nyeri was not a regional meeting but a semina.

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