Jamaican artistes Etana, Richie Spice and Luciano have been in the country for a few days for the Dobba Festival that went down on Saturday this past weekend at K.I.C.C.
Before the concert, the artistes were invited for the official launch of Studio Mashinani at the KBC transmission facility grounds along Kangundo road in Matungulu Constituency, Machakos County on Friday, 17th March.
Studio Mashinani is a project by the Ministry of ICT that provides modern recording facilities for talented youth to record their music and other creative products.
All this is for a good cause but it seems there could be more to this project than meets the eye.
Sauti Sol band member Bien Aime came out to address an issue in regards to the project pointing out that the trio had shared a proposal called Studio Mashinani with President Uhuru Kenyatta. They teamed up with Raphael Obonyo and Cedric Kadenyi to come up with a solid plan that was later sent to the relevant parties for approval.
But things seem to have changed and Bien is angry with the fact that the project was launched by artistes who are not even Kenyans considering the fact that the idea was brought about by Kenyans.
Some Kenyan celebrities have come out to also give their take on the whole matter and trust me when I say people are pissed out here.
One comment read, “So I support GoK efforts but I am sad that this is the solution tumepata. We have studios. Many more can come up. What we need help with from GoK is;
Reduce tax on musical equipment. Locally bought equipment is 2X international prices (sometimes more)
Properly fund KECOBO so that they can have muscle to fight piracy.”
One producer said, “Opening studios makes GoK my competition.”
“There’s so many studios in Nairobi with artists producing work that goes nowhere. Artists are broke because there’s no proper copyright system that
makes them earn from their productions.”
“I can show you over 100 studios in Nairobi. I can also show you another 50 studios that have closed down due to lack of returns.
Even a major veteran closed his studio and moved to another country due to lack of business. The issue is not studios.
Who do these people consult?” another artiste spoke out.
Adelle Onyango also commented on the issue saying,
“1. Respect intellectual property period. 2. How are the key industry players (not just sautisol) not part of the running of a project to better their industry?
3. Another big tragedy is what does this snide move by gava, communicate to potential investors in the industry!
4. I am not ok with these comments of oh never trust the govt. why are we so passive with this maltreatment!”