Diamond-PlatnumzIn some rather baffling news, the biggest royalty earner in Kenya is Tanzania’s Diamond Platnumz.

The Number One hitmaker raked in Sh 352,807 worth of royalties in just three months making him the top earner and most popular non-Kenyan artiste. This is according to the latest distribution by the Music Copyright Society of Kenya(MCSK).

Diamond was also the most popular non Kenyan artist in the combined local and foreign top ten list of the highest earners which included only four Kenyan artistes. They were Sauti Sol, Bahati, Lady Wanja and Willy Paul in the period between April and June 2015.

“We have noted with concern that majority of Kenyan radio and television stations are broadcasting more of foreign works against the government directive for broadcasting of more local works. This lead to the highest earner being non-Kenyan. MCSK would wish to encourage more radio and TV stations to support local musicians and broadcast the local musicians works so that we can build our local industry even more. It is disheartening to see that only four of our Kenyan musicians were within the top ten list of radio and television stations in Kenya,” MCSK CEO Maurice Okoth.

During that period MCSK collected Ksh 30.3 million, where Sauti Sol emerged highest Kenyan earners followed by Bahati, Lady Wanja, Willy Paul, Mum Cherop, H-Art The Band, Gloria Muliro, King Kaka, John De Mathew and Hellena Ken respectively.