I’m a big fan of the Kiffness and always stoked when I hear his songs on the radio.
However, I was shocked to learn that no royalty payments have been made to the Kiffness by the SABC.
So all these times I got excited about the Kiffness’ exposure on 5FM, he did not receive a penny for that success.
All the while I have to listen to those moronic radio ads by SABC about paying your license fees.
Since the SABC is a public body, funded by public money, it should act ethically correct and lead by example:
If any fees need to be paid, how about those long overdue R248 million owed by the SABC to music rights organisations like the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro), the South African Music Performance Rights Association (SAMPRA) , the Association of Independent Record Companies (Airco), the Recording Industry of South Africa (Risa) and more.
This seriously undermines the livelihoods of South African artists.
The Kiffness has been campaigning about this and made it into national news, but the response from the SABC appears to be vague and unhelpful.
Maybe the Kiffness needs to write them a song in order to be heard.
In the meantime, us listeners can also make a choice, as I find myself skipping to the private or community radio channels:
No pay for South African artists, no play of SABC radio stations.