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Here is the cause of Nonini’s beef with Daddy Owen and Ian Mbugua

Genge rapper Nonini has accused gospel musician Daddy Owen and renowned Kenyan thespian Ian Mbugua of sabotaging his work as the Chairman of Performers Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK), hence his resignation five months after his appointment.

Nonini has blamed PRISK’s board of Directors, where the ‘Vanity’ hitmaker and Mbugua seat, as well as the Kenya Association of Music Producers (KAMP) for his decision to resign.

In his letter of resignation letter dated August 8, 2018, the rapper, who is among the pioneers of Kenyan urban music, stated that PRISK and KAMP did not have the best interest of local musicians at heart.

“I cannot continue serving the PRISK board as Chairman, on a board where politics of not collecting royalty in line with KECOBO directives is more important than the future of the Kenyan music industry collecting royalty jointly,” Nonini’s letter read in part.

The singer also blamed PRISK and KAMP of collecting royalties while excluding the Music Publishers Association of Kenya (MPAKE), despite Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO) directives that the three bodies should jointly work together in matters royalties.


Nonini also claims that he tried without success to put some sense into the six members who make up the PRISK board of Directors on the importance of compiling with KECOBO directive.

“I am extremely embarrassed that directors of PRISK and by extension KAMP can blatantly disregard regulatory directives without regard to the interests of artistes who rely on CMOs to act within KECOBO regulatory frameworks,” Nonini continued.

According to Nonini, four out of six directors present in the meeting voted to continue with KAMP-PRISK collections excluding MPAKE.

David Mathenge (Nameless), abstained from the vote while Samuel Kuria (SK Blue) was absent.

Thus, the directors whose votes opposed Nonini’s proposal were Daddy Owen, Ian Mbugua, Irene Kariuki and Beatrice Achieng.

Despite his resignation, Nonini says he will continue serving as a board member of PRISK until when his term comes to an end.