Kwesta and Wale Serve Major Telecoms Companies With Papers for What's Theirs

Kwesta and Wale Serve Major Telecoms Companies With Papers for What's Theirs

- Kwesta and Wale are suing Telkom and two other companies over unpaid royalties from using their hit song from 2017 Spirit in a number of advertisements

- According to reports, over R1 million is owed to the duo for using the music on various Telkom platforms on TV and social media

- Just last week, the record labels asked the Johannesburg High Court for a judgement in order for Telkom and the other companies to pay

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South African musician Kwesta and Wale, an American rapper, are supposedly fighting Telkom for what is rightfully theirs.

Wale's record label, Sheer Music, and Bridge IP, which represents producer Neo Makwa (aka Makwa Beats), have brought Telkom and two other firms to court over unpaid royalties for the hit song Spirit which was included in Telkom's prepaid advertisement.

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Wunderman Marketing and Wunderman Thompson, as well as Telkom, are said to owe R859 500 for utilizing the music in the advertisement on radio, television, and Telkom's YouTube channel for 20 months.

Kwesta and Wale serve major telecoms company with papers for what's theirs
Kwesta and Wale are suing Telkom and two other companies over unpaid royalties. Image: @kwestadakar, @wale
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The song was also used for its Behind the Scenes short video, which went viral on the internet and R702 000 is owed for this, according to Sunday World.

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According to the publication, Wunderman Marketing and Wunderman Thompson were in charge of making Telkom's "Prepaid Z'khipha More" commercial in May 2018 and featured the song in a short film called Behind the Scenes.

This took place without the permission of Sheer Music, Bridge IP, Kwesta, Wale, or Makwa, this advertisement ran from May 2018 until February 2020 according to Zalebs.

The two companies sought the Johannesburg High Court last week to issue judgments against the three firms in order to force them to pay.

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In other entertainment news, Briefly News reported that Kwesta reflected on his music business mistakes. Top Mzansi rapper, Kwesta (real name Mfundo Senzo Vilakazi) has finally broken his silence behind his beef with Nota Baloyi.

A few weeks ago, Baloyi accused Kwesta and businessman Leroy Khoza of robbing artists like Kid X, Makwa and DJ Maphorisa of R8 million.

According to Nota’s media interviews, quotes and social media updates, Kwesta and former business partner, Leroy Khoza have robbed a number of artists and they are the main reason Rap Life, Renovate and other music businesses have collapsed.

In an exclusive interview with Briefly News, Kwesta refused to respond to anything that Nota said. However, the rapper revealed what he believes he has done wrong, which led to the demise of their seven-year thriving music and business journey.

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