MEC Thandi Moraka under fire from Limpopo musos over festival line-up

MEC Thandi Moraka under fire from Limpopo musos over festival line-up

- Limpopo MEC is in hot water for not booking more local artists for an upcoming festival

- The musicians claim that the same artists are on the bill each year and it is unfair

- The Limpopo Artist Movement also feels that the organisers must be getting a payout for hiring the same musicians each year

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Limpopo MEC for sports, art and culture, Thandi Moraka has come under fire from local musicians after they accused her of intentionally overlooking them for the upcoming Mapungubwe Arts Festival.

The artists, who are part of the Limpopo Artist Movement (LAM) have claimed that they have missed a chance in front of a home crowd and missed an opportunity to make money thanks to Moraka’s decision.

LAM president, Mphoza Mashabela stated that musicians were worried when a previous festival was cancelled, but they were under the impression that the one headed up by Moraka was meant to fill the void.

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The Sowetan reports that Mashabela criticized the organisers’ decision to book the same artists as it denies local musos a chance to get exposure and stops them from earning an income. learned that since their pleas have fallen on deaf ears, they are now calling for the province’s premier, Stanley Mathabatha to step in.

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The LAM president also believes that the festival’s organisers must be getting a kickback for always booking the same artists because why else would they spend so much money to get artists from the rest of the country.

With that in mind, the members of the LAM have threatened to boycott the festival if Moraka doesn’t rethink the lineup.

Moraka fired back at the Limpopo Artist Movement for only wanting local artists to perform.

The MEC stated that the festival is marketed to everyone, not just the residents of Limpopo so why should there only local talent represented.

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