- Spokes recived an honorary award at the SAMAs for his many hits
- Spokes’s mom, Jane Mfene, accompanied by his siblings, were at the ceremony to accept the award on Spoke’s behalf
- His baby mommas were very hurt as his children were not included and his eldest stood up asking what he had done wrong
Following the Sama Lifetime Achievement Award that was given to Spokes H, has stirred up a bitter family feud.
Letona Spokes Hlatshwayo, a South African 90’s pop star, better known by the name of Spokes H. Spokes has a few hits behind his name such as Rabaki, Peace Magents and Tamati So. With this amazing talent, Spokes was honoured at a ceremony in Sun City, North West, at the weekend.
Spokes’s mom, Jane Mfene, accompanied by her children, were at the ceremony to accept the award on Spoke’s behalf. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nathi Mthethwa, the Minister of Arts and Culture presented the accolade.
Spokes fathered three children by different woman. The accolade left a sweet bitter taste, with the ladies not impressed. The children’s mamas were the ones that had to tend to the broken of hearts of children Neo, Mahlatse and Karabo.
Hearing of the award, Jeanet Mamba from Tafelkop, Groblersdal, Limpopo who is the mother of Spokes’s eldest, Neo 25, tried her best to have the children included in the event. She went as far as to send a message to the Sama office.
Jeanet said it felt as though they were been robbed of something dear to them. Her question was, how can anyone want to deprive the children of something they will never be able to get again?
When Spokes died in 2013, Jeanet claimed that his mother wanted to claim everything, without giving Spokes’s children a second thought, making out as though he did not father any children, reported Times Live.
Jeanet is troubled and needs an explanation from someone in the Sama’s office to give her reasons as to why they did such a heart sore thing to the children. It is only fair that the award belongs to the children, and she feels Sama should do the right thing.
The three woman share a good relationship between themselves. Royalties and policy monies received were shared equally between the offspring.
When Sowetan requested an interview with Neo, he declined.
Karabo’s mother, Puseletso Phatlane, reported that her son was hurt he could not even bring himself to watch the awards.
The son apparently asked what they had done so wrong to be excluded from his fathers legacy.
Phatlane attempted to contact Gallo Records as they were the label that Spokes was signed with. She had a conversion with Caroline Morabe from Gallo, only to be told that Morabe had been given instructions by the family not to communicate with Phatlane as according to them, she was “a snake”.
Then there was a turn of events. The day of the awards, Morabe contacted Phatlane to say she would fetch the children to attend the ceremony. This was not going to be possible on such short notice as Neo was in Limpopo and the other children in Midrand.
Samuel Mfene, Spokes’s brother, spoke out on behalf of the family. Mfene admitted that the family knew the children, but that they had lost contact with them.
Briefly.co.za learnt that they were apparently put in contact with the Sama office and were told that his mother was invited and would take the award on his behalf.
Mfene said that the family did indeed want the children to be part the ceremony. He went on to say that they do not understand how come they could not get hold of the children.
Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of the Recording Industry of SA (RiSA) that organises the Samas, said she thought all had been sorted amoung family members and that she had no intention of stepping on anyone's toes. She also highlighted that it would be nice to find out why the mess ended up the way it did and who was responsible.
Spokes H’s name was submitted to the Samas for consideration by Morabe. Her instruction from RiSA, was she was to only speak to Spokes’s mother as an elder.
Morabe said that her wish was for the children to have been at the Sama awards. However, Gallo could not go against the decision Spokes’s mother and sister had made.
Where there is family, there is drama, but there is also love. It seems that there is a whole lot of fixing that needs to be done amoung Spokes family members.
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