Rapper Khaligraph Jones doesn’t think the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) paying 16,000 artists Sh20 million is a good offer.
He interprets the disclosed payment—which MCSK CEO Ezekiel Mutua has announced—as evidence of institutionalized corruption in the company.
“It’s a clear sign of how rotten things are. These guys are supposed to be looking out for artists, but they’ve dropped the ball big time,” Jones said, emphasizing that artists entrusted MCSK with managing their royalties.
However, the outspoken rapper hinted at a brewing revolution for creatives, something he’s working on “behind the scenes.”
“You’ll see what’s coming, a game-changer for sure,” Khaligraph Jones stated confidently.
MCSK CEO Ezekiel Mutua says the society will release Sh20 million to 16,000 musicians on January 25 pic.twitter.com/BMiPJfqNCb
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Meanwhile, Mutua confirmed the Sh20 million payout, slated for January 25 to March 29, with another three distributions planned throughout the year.
He clarified that the funds will not be divided equally, dispelling rumors.
“There’s a clear, two-pronged system for fair distribution,” Mutua explained. “Airplay data determines the scientific portion, while every member receives a minimum token through the general method.”
He condemned attempts to portray the payout as an equal share-out, highlighting the established transparent system.
While MCSK promises a financial reprieve for artists, Khaligraph Jones skepticism and veiled promise of change add a layer of intrigue to the ongoing saga.
Last year, the Music Copyright Society of Kenya paid a couple of hard-working Kenyan artists a meager Kshs 2, 530 as royalties earned from their music.
Khaligraph Jones revealed that MCSK sent them a measly amount of 2, 530 for their music.