- Candy TsaMandebele found herself in hot water recently when a local artist claimed that she stole her song
- Shazy B contacted Briefly News to tell her story and accused the Limpopo performer of theft of her material
- Speaking to Briefly News with her side of the story, Candy explained that the song is a folk song that is accessible to anyone
A local artist by the name of Shazy B has claimed that Limpopo singer and actress Candy TsaMandebele stole her song.
Shazy reached out to Briefly News to reveal that she sent her song to Candy so that she could listen to it, only to discover that Candy used it as a sample for her own song.
Shazy B allegedly shared the song with Candy in 2020 on WhatsApp, looking for encouragement from Candy.
When Briefly News contacted Candy to comment on the issue, she denied stealing anyone’s music. She, however, acknowledged the incident and explained that the sample is of a widely well-known folk song.
“Women in Bolobedu just like in any other culture have folk songs they have created for various cultural and social gatherings. 'Mmabhula' is one of those songs. I first heard it as a little girl growing up at the village, then later sang it while playing on the streets with my peers. It’s not the only song we used to sing, Tsamandebele, was also one of them.”
“A fellow Khelobedu artist named Malatji The First Price recorded his own version of the song Mmabhula and included it on his debut album, released in March of 2008 with Sony BMG, it’s also available on music streaming platforms. I recorded my version last year (2020) with its own unique arrangement and released it this year. The beat was produced by DJ Call Me.”
Candy TsaMandebele moves back home
Meanwhile, Briefly News previously reported that like many entertainers in the Covid-stricken South African entertainment industry, Candy Tsamandebele had to make a difficult choice in order to survive.
The performer packed her belongings and moved back to her house in Bolobedu in Limpopo. Given her circumstances, the artist opted to operate her business remotely from the comfort of home. The move has allowed for Candy to be with her granddaughter and entire family.
In this time, Candy has also been working on a new single called Mmabhula. The project is was released on Friday, 12 March.
Candy Tsamandebele releases her music through a 100% female-owned recording and artist management company known as Mosekedi Entertainment.
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