Thursday, 20 August 2015

Kenyan musicians ask for music quota protection

In South Africa, 55 percent of the content on radio stations as well as community and public TV has to be local. Nigeria has a law that more than 70 percent of the music played on radio must be by local artists. Now Kenyan artists want Kenya to do the same. Musicians there are pushing for a law that would force Kenyan radio stations to devote 70 percent of their playlists to Kenyan music (and 70 percent of TV programming to Kenyan films). With the Kenyan government predicting that IP based earnings will form 10% of the country's GDP by 2030 the move i planned to encourage the local music scene - but critics warn that quotas can be 'contagious' and could spark tit for tat quotas in other countries - ultimately reducing Kenya capacity to  export it's music.

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