A WHOPPING 300K! HOW MUCH KALIGRAPGH JONES PAID BIEN FOR 'YES BANA' SONG

by Beatrice Ambasa
May 11, 2021

If you thought Kenyan music does not pay, well, you thought wrong as Sauti Sol's Bien Baraza has revealed that rapper Khaligraph Jones paid Sh300,000 after the success of their song 'Yes bana'.

During an exclusive interview with Richard Njau alias, A-Star Bien explained that the money was just a token of appreciation from the rapper.


"OG is the first artist to send me Sh300,000 via mobile money. He called me and said he would send the cash from the revenues which it had earned.

"He is such a Kenyan stereotype so he sent the money from his phone. He asked for my account number and wired it in batches of Sh50,000. He is like those debtors that pay you in hundreds," Bien recounted.


The 'Yes Bana' collabo - released in 2020 - had been selected for a marketing campaign by one of the leading telcos in the county and earned millions in licensing fees.


Both artists earn millions from their music due to their measures to secure intellectual property rights for every song they release.


Bien likened music to real estate property, explaining that every song released is like a rental house which earns him 'rent' every time someone listens or uses it for commercial purposes.


He added that certain songs earn small residual income over long periods, while others become hits songs and fall off in the same manner.


"In the 100 million+ streams that we have for Midnight Train, Suzzana has a good 42 million, it is the song that pays the bills but there are other songs that ink deals here and there. As a musician your real estate and wealth is in your intellectual property. Understand it and put out a lot of art," he advised.