Artists demand for Samro boss and board to step down

2009-08-21 15:27

LOCAL artists took to the streets of Johannesburg to voice their

dissatisfaction against the Southern African Music Rights Organisation

(Samro).

Samro, established in 1961, is an organisation mandated to protect the

intellectual property of composers and authors. Part of its extensive work

includes making sure that composers and authors are adequately remunerated and

credited for the use of their music.

The march was mostly supported by veteran musicians and developing artists.

There was also a strong support from independent record labels.

At the forefront was well-known poet, political and human rights activist

Mzwakhe Mbuli and owner of an independent music label Eugene Mthethwa.

The artists were vocal in calling for the resignation of both Samro chief

executive Nick Motsatse and his board.

On their arrival at the Samro headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg,

they were aggrieved by the fact that Motsatse was heavily guarded and that they

were being dictated where they should hand over their memorandum.

They also accused Samro chief executive of being a “self-appointed roving

ambassador who travels widely and frequently to serve the interests of his own

profile”.

Motsatse and Steve Kekana, who is vice chairperson of the board, finally

agreed to receiving the memorandum and promised to get back to the aggrieved

artists in 30 days.


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