The hashtag #MCSK is trending in Kenya after rapper Khaligraph Jones bitterly complained about the royalties he had received from the Music Copyright Society of Kenya.
He posted to Instagram a screenshot of his payment, received via the phone payment service Mpesa on Tuesday, showing he had received 2,500 shillings ($25; £20) in royalties from MCSK, which he described as “peanuts”.
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MCSK Siku Moja Tutakuja Kuwavuruga uko Mbaya Sana, Msijaribu kunitumia izi peanuts tena, Infact 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 #mrinternational
The Kenyan musician was so outraged that he told MCSK: ‘”I have given authorisation for my music to be pirated. Don’t collect money on my behalf any more.”
He later put up a photo of a mug of milk and two buns, saying: “This is what artists are having for dinner courtesy of MCSK.”
Other stars, like rappers King Kaka, Vivian, Fena Gitu, took to social media to say that they had received the same fees, leading to a flurry of creative memes:
— WONDER_BOY_OFFICIAL (@ein_leviticus) August 14, 2019
The MCSK has since defended itself, saying the $25 was for two months’ royalties shared out equally between its nearly 14,000 members from money collected for music played in public places.
We have distributed royalties to all our members being a general distribution as of yesterday 13/8/2019 as promised.
Please Note that this was collection for two months only. Performance in Public Places (PPP)royalties were distributed equally to all our members. pic.twitter.com/pQxYBL18Zl
— MCSK (@TheMCSK) August 14, 2019