Ezekiel Mutua’s MCSK Pledge To Musicians: I’ll Be Your Defender

March 29, 2022

Kenyan musicians and the general public should expect a different side of Ezekiel Mutua following his appointment as the new CEO of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK).

Mr Mutua was an unpopular figure during his 6-year tenure as CEO of the Kenya Film Classification Board. His strict and often-controversial reputation earned him the nicknames ‘Moral Cop’ and ‘Deputy Jesus’.

On Monday, hours after MCSK Board Chairperson Lazarus Muli confirmed his appointment, Ezekiel Mutua said he was elated to rejoin the creative industry.

He, however, noted he is joining MCSK as a defender and not as a regulator.

“I have received with profound gratitude my appointment to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK). Happy to rejoin the creative industry, this time not as a regulator, but as a promoter and defender of the rights of musicians,” Mutua said.

Dr Mutua further pledged to work with Kenyan musicians to promote their welfare.

“I look forward to working with the Board and relevant industry stakeholders to reinvigorate the music industry and make Kenyan music profitable through effective and efficient collection and distribution of royalties, by fighting piracy and promoting the rights of musicians. The industry has great potential to create jobs and wealth for our artistes. I pledge to work with all musicians in the country to raise the quality and profitability of our music.”

Despite Mutua’s pledge, a section of musicians and Kenyans on social media have voiced their discontent with the appointment.

Sauti Sol members Bien Aime Baraza and Chimano were among the first to oppose Mutua’s appointment to the embattled MCSK.

“Ezekiel Mutua’s appointment is a disappointment. What did he do for film? Kenya continues to elevate mediocrity. This is just sad,” Bien wrote.

Chimano added: “Ezekiel Mutua’s appointment is such nonsense… Recycling bin inc. That’s what we are…”

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