Musicians in the country have reached out to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene so that they can be paid their royalties.
In a letter to the Head of State, the musicians, through the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), claim they did not receive any revenue in the whole of 2017.
“Mr. President, 15000 Kenyan musicians had no coin to celebrate Christmas,” reads the letter the letter in part.
In July last year, the High Court barred MCSK from collecting royalties from entertainment spots on behalf of the musicians.
“For the whole of 2017, the musicians have not received their royalties despite their music being played in all radio and TV stations, and in hotels, pubs and PSV vehicles all over the country,”
The matter is still unfolding as musicians keep hoping that the president will help them get their royalties.
In the letter signed by MCSK chairman Albert Kiarie, musicians have cried out that they had no coin to celebrate the just concluded festive season or to take their kids back to school.
According to MCSK the decision by the Kenya Copyright Board (KCB) not to give them the licence to collect royalties on behalf of its 15,000 members was the cause of their woes.
“98 per cent of musicians in the country have authorised only the MCSK to collect royalties for them,” Kiarie wrote.
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MCSK is the umbrella body of song writers, composers, publishers and owners of other copyrighted musical works.