Kenyan artists support BBI’s Utamaduni Day

Tamco Sacco Leaders

Musicians have proposed to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) taskforce for enactment of a law where funds will be set aside to support upcoming artists.

While throwing their weight behind BBI, the musicians through their organization TAMCO Sacco, noted that for years the sector had been oppressed and forgotten.

While thanking the President for his intervention over their woes, the artists noted that their challenges could be resolved through BBI.

Addressing the press in Naivasha and flanked by fellow musicians, TAMCO chairman Epha Maina said that the bill should address the issue of sponsorship, grants and lending of funds.

He noted that the recent directive by the President had seen the sector change positively adding that they would use their singing talents to back the initiative.

“We support the Utamanduni Day as proposed in the BBI document and we shall continue to use our music to promote peace and harmony in the country,” he said.

Maina added that they fully supported the directive by the President to transfer music and copyright to the Ministry of ICT.

On his part, the association spokesperson Ben Githae challenged the DCI George Kinoti to arrest those who had defrauded musicians as directed by the President.

“There is still a major problem in the Kenya Copyright Board and we are still waiting for Kinoti to take action against those who stole from us,” he said.

Githae noted that the move to form a national music library would make it easier for musicians to get their loyalties and to monitor where their music had been played.

“For years we have lived under the mercy of the brokers and we want to thank the President for his support to this sector,” he said.

He noted that months after the directive to increase tariff for music played, various organizations including radio and TV stations had not effected this.

“Musicians are owed millions by various stakeholders and its time that they benefitted from their sweat as we move towards a new beginning,” he said.

The association vice-chairman Peter Kigia and one of the popular musicians Shiro Wa GP said that they were ready to lead from the front in selling the BBI recommendations to Kenyans.

“We are ready when called upon by the government of the day to support BBI which is expected to unite the country and address even the challenges facing us,” said Kigia.

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