Devin Di Dakta Says No To Dancehall Promoter Royalty, Sets Up ‘Channel 28’ Riddim Project
Devin Di Dakta and producer Romario English of British Linkz Give look into the issue of illegal parties and the distribution of royalties in the industry.
Key players in the Jamaican music fraternity, including artists, selectors, promoters, caterers and the regular seller of peanuts or breaded chicken, have fought a good fight against the lockdown of the Jamaican entertainment sector, but to no avail. . Most entities and sectors are allowed to operate during daylight hours. Although more relaxed, the country still sees a grip on the official eradication of curfews that were imposed to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness recently proposed curfews to extend from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Yet the need for entertainment and revenue, after a nearly 2-year hiatus, has prevailed, which means hosting events without official law enforcement consent or proper revenue streams for music streaming. recorded at these events.
Lydia Rose, director of Jamaica’s collective management organization, the Jamaica Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (JACAP), and chair of the management committee of the Association of Caribbean Copyright Societies (ACCS), took a stand against parties illegal. In an op-ed published in the Jamaican Observer on February 13, 2022, Rose highlighted the negative effects of illegal parties on the earning potential of copyright holders of people played at such events.
Jamaica’s copyright laws, which were last revised in 2015, give owners of intellectual property rights the right to distribute works they deem appropriate, usually for the purpose of profiting from their compositions. Organizations such as JACAP, Jamaica Music Society JAMMS and Jamaican Copyright Licensing Agency JAMCOPY were established to help copyright owners get the most out of their work by licensing their content for local and international use. For the past two years, these entities have remained relatively inactive for local use while awaiting the green light from the government to host events.
urban island caught up with Jamaican artist Devin Di Dakta and British Linkz producer Romario English as they prepare to release tracks on the new Channel 28 Riddim compilation.
“If we are going to talk about illegal parties that break copyright laws, are we going to talk about all supermarkets, pubs, bars, shops, stores, cafes, restaurants and ALL other places where music is played publicly ? Are these venues properly administered in terms of paying licensing fees to stream music? said Devin, explaining that his take of recorded music was played at illegal events.
While not condemning any movement aimed at preventing illegal events from taking place, the “Caribbean Dolly” singer believes judgment should be given to anyone who violates copyright law.
“Don’t mention violations of copyright laws because then we’d be forced to shut down 90% of places of business that play music every day and every night. And if we go any further, I Won’t call any names, but can we get an update on radio station MAJOR who should be in court now for the same?” Devin asked.
“Over 20 Supreme Court cases with over $50 million in unpaid royalties. So since we’re going to be talking about copyright laws, let’s talk about EVERYTHING and not target young people trying to stay alive for this period,” the singer continued.
In 2020, Rose denounced popular media houses IRIE FM and CVM TV for unpaid royalties.
“Only one company owes us $35 million plus, and that’s IRIE FM. Their problem is that they want to pay what they want to pay and don’t want to pay the price that other radio stations pay,” she revealed to the Jamaican Gleaner.
The Jamaican government has planned for a possible reopening of the sector in the near future, vowing never to return to full-scale lockdown to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus and its substrates. Instead, a full vaccination mandate has become the gold standard, coupled with widespread education about the importance of social distancing among other health practices, to curb the virus.
Devin Di Dakta, many other artists, believe the best bet is to reopen the sector.
“Free the entertainment and make sure when issuing event permits that all of those license fees are included in the package that ALL promoters must pay BEFORE the event can proceed. Dweet straight and done. In all areas, Uptown, Downtown & Midtown,” he urged.
English hopes that as the powers that be work to determine the best course of action, “all parties will benefit from each other financially and culturally since everyone deserves to gain from their hard work”.
Devin Di Dakta dropped his EP Freshman in the latter parts of 2021, but is still gearing up to release new music. He will join a roster including Jae Prynse, Knaxx, Kacique, Deeclef and Xx3eme on the official Channel 28 Riddim release by British Linkz, due out on March 04.
Pre-register the project here.