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Another body to collect artistes’ money

By | January 18th 2010

Stevens Muendo

Questions are being raised on the role the newly formed Performing Rights Society of Kenya (PRSK) will be playing as a watchdog for performing artistes. Currently, the Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) has been acting as the sole body spearheading the rights of artists and implementation of the Copy Right Act.

The new organ which is led by singer Angela Ndambuki aka Angie of Tatuu and overseen by artists Irene Kariuki, Churchil Ndambuki aka Mwalimu King’ang’i, Charles Bukeko aka Papa Shirandula and Idi Achieng among others plans to collect and distribute royalties of its members starting this month.

Ironically, MCSK is the statutory body set up by the Government to oversee such functions. Established under Section 46 of the Copyright Act, No. 7, MCSK is vested with powers to administer the Copyright Act. Among it’s functions is to promote and protect the interest of authors, performers, transistors, publishers and in particular to collect and distribute any royalties or other remuneration accruing to them in respect of their rights.

PRSK is said to been licensed by the Kenya Copyright Board. It consequently joined Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP), which works closely with MCSK in its operations.

"Our members who are the performing artistes will be experiencing our good work very soon. We are still talking to MCSK and are optimistic that we will soon strike a deal," Angela said.

"Most performing artistes have not registered with MCSK and we are here to fill that void," Angela added when asked if PRSK’s focus will be on performing artistes.

"This will not necessarily increase the charges we have been collecting for every public performance," said Maurice Okoth the General Manager MCSK.

Celeb husband busted

It was one of the high rated celebrity weddings two years ago and now, the bliss is over. A singer— who at the height of his showbiz career was signed to Kenya’s leading recording stable — is now a lonely man. Recently, he separated with his wife, an airhostess with a leading airline, allegedly after she caught him pants down. The two had been living in Nairobi’s leafy suburbs since they tied the knot in 2008. But the singer allegedly started cheating on his wife who on suspecting his errant ways begun spying on him. And recently, the airhostess laid a trap for the singer. She faked that she had flown out of the country on a working assignment only to return home hours later and busted the singer in their matrimonial bed with another woman. Lost for words for the unbearable sight of her cheating husband with another girl — a fellow hostess — she hired a company to pack and move every item in the house leaving the husband an empty shell. She had been paying all bills and funding the jobless husband. Now, her rich family is pushing for a divorce.

Habida to be mother by July

Mellow-voiced singing beauty Habida Moloney, is pregnant. The singer who stormed into showbiz limelight last year through Sunshine, a hit song she recorded with MTV Awards winner Nameless, is due mid this year. The pregnancy is her boyfriend’s — Daniel Ebo, a famous internationally reputed house music deejay also working in the hotel industry.

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