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Otile Brown Pens Moving Letter To Uhuru As Things Worsen For Artists

by Samora Samorai

It has been a tough year for entertainers not just in Kenya but around the globe in general. However, Kenyans artists have had it really rough.

Singer Otile Brown has become the latest artist to speak out against the reported theft and mismanagement of music royalties at Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) and other CMOs.

Musicians have been wreaking havoc on social media following a forensic audit conducted on Kenya’s Collective Management Organisations (CMOs): Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK), the Performers Rights Society of Kenya (Prisk) and the Kenya Association of Music Producers (Kamp) that revealed a lot of the cash collected was embezzled.

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In Otile’s letter which was done in Swahili, the singer tells President Uhuru Kenyatta that artists have been suffering for a long time now and even though they have tried alerting the government, nothing has ever been done.

“We have created jobs without any help from the government and we still pay our taxes properly without complaining… Sadly we still don’t get what we deserve, leaders and administrators rob us and abuse us when most of us come from poor families and are highly dependent,” said the singer.

Otile urged the president to make sure those behind the schemes are punished this time round.

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I feel you’re pain my brother @willy.paul.msafi Hakika nimelia Mheshimiwa Rais @ukenyatta heshima yako . Samahani! Nina machache ya kusema endapo yatakufikia 🙏 Mimi ni msani Mzalendo wa mziki wa kizazi kipya toka hapa nchini nafahamika kama Otilebrown na Kutokana na utafiti tunafahamu fika kua nchi hii yetu ya kenya 🇰🇪 ni nchi yenye changa moto za ukosefu wa ajira kwa vijana .Alhamdulilah! “ Wengine” tumejaaliwa vipaji vinavyotuwezesha kujipa kipato kidogo kupitia tasnia ya mziki , tumejitengenezea ajira bila usaidizi wowote wa Serikali na bado huwa tunalipa ushuru inavyostahili bila kulalama …Chakusikitisha nikua bado hatupati tunachostahili , viongozi na wasimamizi wanatupora nakutudhulumu wakati wengi wetu tumetoka kwenye familia za kimaskini na tunategemewa kiasi kikubwa… Swali langu ni wasimamizi wa MCSK baada ya kukiri na kukubali mashtaka, ni hatua gani watachukuliwa?? Tungependa kuona wamefungwa gerezani na mali zao kuchukuliwa na kurudishwa kwenye tasnia ya sanaa .. kama kweli tuna utu na tunataka mabadiliko kwenye nchi yetu.. Inauma sanaa mheshimiwa Rais @ukenyatta Sahii kwanzia January inasemekana kuwa serikali inataka kuanza kututoza ushuru kupita mtandao wa YouTube ambao tumekua tukitegemea baada ya kutukata tamaa na viongozi waliokataa kutupatia haki yetu na kutudhulumu hadharani 🤦‍♂️ Bila woga. Nahisi umefika wakati wanatukatisha tamaa , tumetengwa na hakuna anayetujali hata kile kidogo cha kulisha familia zetu kinachukuliwa. I love my country 🇰🇪 Mwenyezi mungu tusimamie 🙏 Mheshimiwa Rais @ukenyatta .. we’re not asking for anything from the government but to be given, what is rightfully ours .. please please please !!!!🙏

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“My question is the MCSK supervisors after confessing and accepting the charges, what action will be taken ?? We would like to see them imprisoned and their property confiscated and returned to the art industry .. if we really have dignity and we want change in our country .. It hurts art Mr. President,” he said.

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