You’ve probably been wondering where popular Kenyan band, Elani went to, right? Well, we’ve also been asking ourselves the same question and the truth is finally out.
The singers have today revealed that they had incurred a huge debt after taking a loan to put up a concert which did not generate good returns. They also blame the Music Copyright Society of Kenya for not being honest with the disbursement of artistes’ royalties.
Since it’s their story, we’ll let them tell it;
We have been silent for a long time. After a successful year and several releases, we realized that a loophole exists in the industry. A problem affecting musicians must be discussed.
The structures within the music industry in Kenya have failed the musician. Those entrusted to distribute the money which is generated by our hard work have failed us. The organizations whose sole purpose is to manage and distribute the funds that our blood, sweat, and tears have created have failed us. We spent all we had to make the best music we could. We sincerely deserve to get our due.
Being a musician is a job. It is an investment. It takes an incredible amount of time, money, persistence and effort. It needs to make sense. But we are stuck in a vicious cycle where a song is played, and the finances owed to the creator are stuck in a black hole that can’t quite be found. As it stands, a select few continue to siphon money that artists have worked hard to earn. The money generated disappears and finds its way into pockets that are not ours.
We are not giving our all, only to sit back and watch another person buy a new Range Rover by our sweat. So we need to change the structure.
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Read what the MCSK had to say HERE