Kenyan music acts are still receiving peanuts in royalties if recent indications are anything to go by.
While the amounts have slightly increased from the time when veteran rapper Abbas Kubaff received less than one dollar, the payouts are still shockingly meagre.
This has been revealed by Khaligraph Jones, arguably the hottest music act in the local industry at the moment.
Taking to social media last night, the highflying rapper shared a screenshot of an MPesa message from MCSK showing he ‘earned’ a paltry Sh2500. The music body even added an extra Sh30 withdrawal fee. Wow! (insert sarcastic voice).
A seemingly frustrated Khaligraph told off MCSK over the payout and further gave authorization for his music to be pirated.
“MCSK Siku Moja Tutakuja Kuwavuruga uko Mbaya Sana, Msijaribu kunitumia izi peanuts tena. In fact, I have given authorization for my music to be pirated, Don’t collect money on my Behalf anymore, Nisiskie mmeshika mtu akicheza Wimbo zangu kwa street, msinitumie izo peanuts zenu tena, The OG shall be respected,” declared the OG.
This comes days after veteran record producer Eric Musyoka shared a screenshot of his supposed ‘earnings’ from the Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP).
The Decimal Records co-founder received Sh11,599 out of a reported Sh17 million released by KAMP to producers.
Musyoka captioned the screenshot, “Pris, accountant wa @kamp_kenya, send me the remaining balance. I think you put the DECIMAL in the wrong place….. ???”
He further noted that, ”FYI: KAMP Kenya pays Owners/ Producers of MASTERS in a Musical Work based on the RECORD LABELS catalogue/ Masters registered with them, NOT how popular the music is.”