Over the past few years, The Kiffness’s Dave Scott has been open and bold in the fact that the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) has not been paying artists the royalties they deserve and that the SABC owes the collecting firm millions for music played on their stations
In fact, Dave has asked the SABC to refrain from playing any of his music until they start paying these royalties.
Dave opened up to Carte Blanche’s Derek Watts about the struggles he has faced as an artist over the past few years
He also spoke at length about why it’s important for him to make such a big noise about these issues and his hope to inspire other artists to jump on the bandwagon and demand that they get paid what they are owed.
In the feature, fellow musicians Majozi and Goodluck also detail their stories about how they have been mistreated by SAMRO and share some insight into the impact that the lack of funds owed to them has had on their career.
It’s high time that SAMRO and the SABC take responsibility for their actions (or lack thereof) and help build the local music industry – especially now as live gigs have been cancelled for the foreseeable future.
Watch the powerful segment here: