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HIGHEST ROYALTY EARNER
P UNIT TOP IN 4 RADIO STATIONS, KALENJIN JUNIOR KOTESTES BAND HIGHEST EARNERS
P unit has emerged as top earners and most popular artists in four (4) radio stations including Kiss 100, Homeboyz radio, Ghetto radio and Hot 96 FM albeit the group was beaten to the number one spot by KALENJIN JUNIOR KOTESTES BAND who emerged as the highest overall earners in the broadcasting category of MCSK royalties distribution declared on 28/02/2014.
This is the first time in MCSK distributions that a regional based artist (vernacular artist) has emerged as the highest earner.
The previous years have been dominated by main stream artistes such as NONINI and P UNIT.
This came as good news for the regional based musicians and in line with MCSK new strategy where the Society has increased its focus on regional based musicians (mashinani), and not to mean that there will be neglect of main stream musicians.
2014 UNSIGNED ONLY MUSIC COMPETITION ANNOUNCES JUDGING PANEL AND MENTORS
Neon Trees, David Crowder, Rosanne Cash, Of Monsters and Men, Dustin Lynch, Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC) And More Sign On As Judges
January 23, 2014 - Unsigned Only Music Competition today announced its judging panel and mentors for the 2014 competition, which is now accepting entries. Judges consist of iconic recording artists and journalists, each bringing unique expertise in a wide variety of contemporary music genres.
Mentors include the top echelon of record company executives, ranging from label Presidents to A&R reps. Designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label, Unsigned Only's goal is to find an outstanding, talented performing artist: a band, singer, or solo artist. The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded $10,000 in cash (plus additional prizes) and one-on-one mentoring by an elite group of record company executives. First and Second Place winners in each of ten categories of contemporary music will also be chosen.
Original and cover songs are accepted. Winners will be announced in August, 2014.
MCSK in Coastal region
The Music Copyright Society of Kenya has embarked on a new strategy that will compliment distribution of royalties with additional focus on regional (mashinani ) artistes.
The strategy involves MCSK partnering with the regional based radio and television stations in promotion of the regional based artistes e.g. the traditional Giriama musicians with their bongo flavor, Taarab music from the coast , and also vernacular music that is played mostly within the regional based stations.
MCSK CEO Maurice Okoth, has in the past week signed agreements with radio stations based in the Coastal region e.g. PILIPILI FM , RADIO KAYA , SHEKI FM and BARAKA FM , ( see attached photos ) , and the effect of the agreements will be now , more than in previous years , the local / regional based musicians will see a tremendous increase in the royalties they have been getting.