MCSK is fleec­ing mu­si­cians while some die in poverty

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

“The Mu­sic Copy­right So­ci­ety of Kenya is fleec­ing artists,” Shiru Ward MCA Nixon Bu­tiya said in Vi­higa county. He was re­spond­ing to a speech by the head of MCSK, who spoke at the funeral of John In­gosi Mwoshi aka Wi-Shilili in Kaimosi last month. The MCSK said they would pay all the funeral ex­penses yet the artist lived and died in ab­ject poverty. Why didn’t they pay him when he was alive? There are many other mu­si­cians who suf­fer at the hands of this or­gan­i­sa­tion. Many of them, for ex­am­ple, at­tended this funeral in slip­pers, yet the MCSK of­fi­cials were dressed in de­signer suits and shoes. In­gosi died a beg­gar, de­spite the fact that he had per­formed in France, Ja­pan, the US and many other places. The MCSK should pay all artists whose mu­sic is played in public events and on air. It is wrong to deny them pay be­cause they aren’t mem­bers.

MULAAMA D’JIVETTI Vi­higa county

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