Yvonne Chaka Chaka Slams Chicco Twala Over 'Umqombothi' Royalties, Says She Was "Young and Clueless"

Yvonne Chaka Chaka Slams Chicco Twala Over 'Umqombothi' Royalties, Says She Was "Young and Clueless"

  • Iconic singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka claimed Chicco Twala owes her royalties for her classic song Umqombothi
  • Yvonne Chaka Chaka revealed this during her interview on Newzroom Afrika and said it was her first time speaking about it
  • The I'm Burning Up hitmaker added that she was young and clueless about the music industry

Yvonne Chaka Chaka claimed to be the co-composer of her hit 1990 song Umqombothi, but she was never credited for it.

Yvonne Chaka Chaka has slammed Chicco Twala.
Yvonne Chaka Chaka has slammed Chicco Twala regarding the 'Umqombothi' royalties. Image: @Frennie Shivambu on Getty Images, @MDNnewss on X
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Yvonne Chaka Chaka speaks up for the first time

South African legendary singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka has taken aim at music producer Chicco Twala. The singer alluded that she was blindsided and was never given credit for co-producing the hit song.

Because of this, Yvonne claimed she had never received royalties for the song. Instead, Chicco and Attie van Wyk are the ones receiving it.

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Speaking to the Newzroom Afrika host, Yvonne said this was her first time talking about this.

"Umqombothi was written by Chicco, but I added some elements to it. I added that Nawu! Nawu! Madoda and Everybody parts. I have never received a cent from that project. They didn't credit me, and back then, I was young and clueless about the music industry. This is the first time I'm speaking out about this," she said as quoted by @ZiMoja.

Chicco hits back at Yvonne's claims

Responding to Yvonne's claims, Chicco Twala said he and Attie wrote the song and made little money from it. However, Yvonne, as the performer, has made millions from it.

He debunked Yvonne's claims and mentioned that she, as the performer, made 90% of the royalties from the song.

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Kelvin Momo sues Kabza De Small

In a previous report from Briefly News, Kabza De Small was sued by music producer Kelvin Momo. The Amapiano stars are at war over a R1 million legal dispute.

It is alleged that Kelvin Momo was signed to Kabza De Small's record label, Piano Hub.

A part of their contractual agreement was for Kabza's label to promote Momo's Private School and help him secure deals.

Source: Briefly News

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Jessica Gcaba (Entertainment editor) Jessica Gcaba is an Entertainment Editor for Briefly News (joined in 2023). She is a Journalism graduate from the Durban University Of Technology (2019). She has 4 years of experience as an Entertainment and Lifestyle Journalist at Africa New Media Group writing for ZAlebs website. She passed a set of trainings from Google News Initiative. To reach her, contact: jessica.gcaba@briefly.co.za