Official statement from Just a band about Makmende

29th March, 2010. 7:59PM

To all our pre-Makmende fans, we’re still Just A Band. We’re still all about making good music and crazy videos, we’ll still jump on stage from time to time, and do interviews and stuff. Y’all know how we do! ;D And no, our next video will not star Makmende. Have no fear. Thank you very much for your continued support.

To our post-Makmende fans, hello there. Welcome to the club!

To the Makmende fans, we’d like to thank you all very much! All this fuss is because all of you really got into the character and had fun with it. Thank you. Seeing as there has been a lot of discussion about us, Makmende and what we are going to do now that the Ha-He video concept has spun off into something massive, we’d like to set a few things straight:

A. Copyright

We (Just A Band) have obtained the sole rights to the Makmende character likenesses (the characters being Makmende, Britannia Zimeisha, First Bodi, Big-G, Wrong Number, The Askyua Matha Black Militants, Black Sahara, Godfrey and the Laydayz, Abscondita and Taste of Daynjah), “Nyoyo na Uji Films”, “Deluxe Nyeuthi”, “Finger of Nebula”, the “Makmende Amerudi” lettering and images thereof.

This means that any copying or reproduction of any of the above characters FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES without permission is prohibited by law. Violators will be subject to criminal and/or civil action.

WE HAVE NOT – as has been speculated – copyrighted/trademarked the word “Makmende”. We did not create that name ourselves, it has existed in Kenyan popular culture for a long time. Our copyright covers our representation of Makmende and the other characters/brand names in the video.

Having said that, we love fan-generated artwork, as long as it’s not for commercial purposes. We’d like to send a special shout-out to the authors/creators of the Primary Makmendetics photo, and the 10,000 bob note and many other very cool pieces. Awesomeness!

B. Kevin “K1” Maina

Kevin is our good friend, he helped us bring the character of Makmende to life, and we couldn’t have done this video without his help. At the moment, Kevin “K1” Maina is not making any public appearances as Makmende. Be kind to him.

C. Endorsements (Or Lack Thereof)

There’s a lot of cool stuff out there involving the Makmende character/legend, and it’s nice that everyone has their own take on the story. We’ve received a lot of queries about our involvement with various products/organizations, so we’d like to clarify that Just A Band (and Kevin “K1” Maina, for that matter) are NOT involved with the following good people:

Makmende.com (run by BleuMonde Ltd.)
Makmende.net (run by the Makmende Network)
The “Adventures of Makmende” series (running on Classic 105 and Kiss 100)
Various Makmende merchandise for charity

Any official Makmende communication shall be made through our official channels:

Official Just A Band Website (http://www.just-a-band.com)
Official Just A Band Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/justaband)
Our Twitter Profile: (http://www.twitter.com/justabandwidth)

and through Makmende’s official channels:

Official Makmende Website (http://www.makmende.co.ke)
Official Makmende Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/makmende)
Makmende’s Twitter Profile: (http://www.twitter.com/makmende)

D. Official Merchandise

For now, Just A Band are NOT, NOT, NOT selling any official Makmende merchandise. Official Makmende merchandise will be coming soon from our good friends at BONK.

That’s it!

Thanks for reading,

Peace and happiness,
Just A Band.

29th March, 2010. 7:59PM

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