- Controversial record label Mabala Noise has rebranded in an effort to start over on a clean slate
- The stable, founded by Reggie Nkabinde, has even changed its logo, according to entertainment commentator Phil Mphela
- Mabala has also dropped all their signees except for rapper Zakwe and signed two new artists
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Mabala Noise has dropped all their artists except rapper Zakwe in a re-branding effort. The controversial record label has also changed its logo and has signed two new artists under the new direction.
The stable once had a list of lit signees including the likes of Nasty C, PRO, Gigi Lamayne and Major League DJz but they have all left the company.
A few years back, EFF leader Julius Malema alleged that the founder of Mabala Noise and ANC Youth League Treasurer Reggie Nkabinde paid artists "no less than R5 million" to sign to the label and perform at ANC rallies.
Since then, the label has struggled to attract new talent and find its feet again. Entertainment commentator Phil Mphela said the move by the stable is one of its efforts "to start over on a clean slate".
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Still on the news related to Zakwe, Briefly.co.za reported that the rapper has hinted that he is quitting vernac rap. The star, who raps mostly in Zulu, wants to spit in English from now on.
The move by the KZN-based musician is aimed at gaining more fan base in order to reach his first gold status in his 10 years in the cut-throat music industry.
Zakwe is currently working on a new album after his last project titled Cebisa. He expressed how he desperately wanted the album to go gold. It consisted of the hit track Sebentini, in which he featured Cassper Nyovest.
It has been reported that Zakwe will from now on be quitting vernac rap and go strictly English. The likes of Nasty C - who is also from KZN - spits most of his lyrics, if not all, in English.
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