One of the most celebrated bands in Kenya Elani has boldly came out to expose what they termed as ills allegedly being inflicted upon life of many local musicians in the country by the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK).
Through an Instagram post on Wednesday, The band, which is made up of Bryan Chweya, Maureen Kunga and Wambui Ngugi, demanded an explanation from MCSK over their music royalties.
“For far too long the country have been quiet. Not speaking about the ills that cripple the music industry. Music is a job like any other. All artistes need to be paid their dues. We should not have to cry, protest, and beg for monies owed to us,” they wrote.
In a video that they have also posted on their YouTube page, the “Koo Koo” hit song makers have given a detailed explanation as to how they discovered the irregularities at MCSK.
According to Elani, last year 2014 was a great year for them as they released most of their songs that received good airplay; the likes of KooKoo, Milele and Zuzu, but with no good returns.
They claim to have been paid only ksh 31,000 as their royalties..
However MCSK claimed that some radio stations have been giving them false logs and that they do not monitor all radio stations, this triggered the trio to conduct some investigations.
On realizing what was happening, MCSK gave a call to Brian and gave him a compensatory price of Ksh.300,000, tripling what they were given before; according to the band this made them question the accountability of the organization.
“How many artistes are there who deserve 10 times what MCSK gives them? What we demand is transparency and accountability from MCSK!” said Maureen in the video.
This is not the first time Kenyan musicians have complained about their money from MCSK.
Alex Apoko popular known as Ringtone, last year mobilized other artistes to protest over MCSK’s alleged misappropriation of their royalties.
MCSK chief executive Maurice Okoth was subsequently arrested over fraud related accusations which he has termed as false, in many interviews he had with various media houses.
Here is the video posted by Elani: