Czars, whose real name is Abdulkarim Mohammed, disappeared without a trace on October 23, 2006 after leaving their home in Bamburi.

His father Mzee Makasi spend up to Kshs1.5 million by 2020  in a bid to find his son but all was in vain.

Years after Czars’ disappearance, his family has been able to secure royalties that his popular song Amka Ukatike accumulated over the years on YouTube.

The song was published Calif Entertainment Africa Ltd’s YouTube page 12 years ago and has since garnered 2.5 million views. The family was given Kshs71,000 on his behalf.

This was possible by collaborating with a music publishing company known as Ngomma.

“I can confirm that I have received the amount. I know this is not what he deserved, but I thank God Calif Records has made an effort to get him paid. I don’t take this for granted. This is Czars’ sweat. I will keep it for him. The day he shows up, he will have at least Ks71,000 to start life with,”  Makasi told Nairobi.

“The request to YouTube was made by the family in the middle of February 2024 so we waited for the payout. The family got Sh 71,000…it wouldn’t have been up for discussion on the amount because it is in YouTube’s data. You look at the data and then request,” Ngoma official, Thomas Mahondo said on the other hand.

“His dad came and we gave him the money. But he also made it clear that in case Czars comes, he will hand over the cash to him,” he further said.

The team will now pursue royalties from Skiza and Safaricom.

Mahondo also revealed that there are plans to release Czars unreleased music if his father would agree.



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