by Helvine Achieng
February 26, 2021
The Kenya Copyright Board has cautioned Kenyans against hopping into the Firirnda hit that has currently resurfaced without asking for consent from the song’s creator.
The Firirinda hit was released 35 years back by a kikuyu musician Dick Njoroge who is currently old and is depending on well-wishers for upkeep. Njoroge cannot sing anymore due to the loss of his voice.
“Doctors could not explain how I lost my voice, but they advised me not to undergo an operation. I don’t know what happened with my voice but I'm glad I can now talk with difficulty,” Munyonyi says.
The Firirinda hit has resurfaced after radio presenter Jeff Kuria of Inoro Fm sharing it on his Facebook account.
We all know, Kenyans with making stuff trend. Citizens have been making videos dancing to the song in a viral challenge. Just recently, the Muranga , Kiambu, and Nyeri county assembly used the hit to celebrate the passing of the BBI bill.
The hit has welcomed various challenges like Jerusalema on its doorstep and the Kenya Copyright Board has warned has warned Kenyans that the viral challenge might turn out like Jerusalema where record company Warner is demanding license fees from those that used the song in making viral videos
“Make sure you are not caught on the wrong side of the law with the current Firirinda craze. Get authority from the author if you want to make a derivative work of it.
“Jerusalema craze now haunts many. Don’t blindly fall for every craze. It may lead you into trouble with the law,” warned KECOBO.
The copyright agency added: “The law stipulates that the owner of the copyright has the exclusive right to control the distribution, reproduction and any derivative works.”