Award winning Afro-pop musician, Zahara, has claimed that her former label, TS Records, owes her millions of Rands.
She accused the label's executives, TZ Nciza and Sbu Leope, for underpaying her for her performances, the sale of her records and her royalties for when her songs were played.
Zahara claims that her monster 2011 debut album, Loliwe, sold more than 500 000 copies.
According to Sowetan Live, Zahara could not be reached for comment yesterday; however, Nciza neither denied nor confirmed the allegations. All he said was that he heard huge amounts like R10 million or R30 million being bandied about on media.
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He told The Sowetan that Zahara needs prayers as he had not worked with her for three years.
However, Zahara - who’s real name is Bulelwa Mkuthukana - and Nciza confirmed earlier to The Sowetan’s sister publication, Daily Dispatch, that they worked together on three albums: Loliwe, Phendula and Country Girl.
When told that Leope could not be reached on both of his phones, Nciza claimed that he was overseas at the time.
Nciza laughed off Zahara's financial claims, saying that that her top three albums combined could not have made the amount she is claiming and believes that since things are going bad for her now, she is making excuses and wants to point fingers at someone.
Nciza claimed that there is no way they could have misappropriated Zahara's royalties as they are paid out by another credible big-name company's royalty department. He said they never paid her directly.
Zahara, however, is determined to get her money back. She first made the allegations on a radio show on Monday.
"I want my money back, all of it. Many artists suffer in silence, suffer depression and ultimately die paupers. I won't be a statistic. I will speak out."
She revealed that although she left TS records in 2016, she only opened up about the money loss now because she was scared that her music career would be sabotaged.
She added that lots of people get blackmailed and end up being blocked in the industry.
Yesterday, Briefly.co.za reported that the award-winning songstress, Zahara, recently admitted that she was drinking a bottle of wine a night, and knew she needed help. Mzansi's reaction, however, shows there are people with bigger drinking problems than her.
After feeling that she was in a 'black hole', Zahara - one of Mzansi's most celebrated young musicians - turned to alcohol to try and find solace.
However, she realised she had a problem and had to face it head-on. According to a report by TimesLIVE, the singer defeated her inner demons and is now five months sober.
Big ups to her for staying strong and showing us how it's done. However, the way Mzansi reacted may be reflective of the drinking problem that South Africa has. According to a previous report, SA is the sixth heaviest drinking country in the world.
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