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MCSK Defends Azimio, Says It Has Permission To Use Any Local Song

The Music Copyright Society of Kenya (MCSK) has dismissed claims by Sauti Sol that Azimio owes them money for using their song ‘Extravaganza’ during their campaign.

Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, CEO MCSK said that they had licensed Raila’s campaign team to use any song during the campaign period.

He further asked the Kenya Copyright Board to stop confusing musicians by telling them to demand payment for songs which have been licensed.

“Regarding the issue of Sauti Sol and the statement by the Kenya Copyright Board, we wish to clarify that we licensed the Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign for use of musical works in their campaigns as per the Copyright Law and gazette tariffs. We are therefore shocked to see the confusion being caused by KECOBO over this matter. The Kenya Copyright Board is not a CMO and should stop causing confusion to spite the CMOs or inconvenience our clients. If there’s any issue about the synchronization of the video, that should be a matter to be resolved by the CMOs that issues the license,” Ezekiel Wrote.

He went ahead and congratulated the Azimio team for following the due process to get license to use in local songs.

“We should give credit to the Raila Odinga Presidential Campaign team for complying with the copyright law by obtaining a license for music used in his political rallies and campaign events. The license here attached, therefore, suffices and we have given the same assurance to our client. We therefore wish to clarify that the license issued to the Raila Odiga Presidential Campaign team are sufficient and the confusion by KECOBO is both unwarranted and unfortunate as these are matters we should have resolved amicably, given that we licensed the client in broad daylight,” he added.

The Kenya Copyright Board said that the Kenyan Band has a right to demand compensation from Azimio la Umoja team.