Things have gotten messy between the Afrotainment boss DJ Tira and Nomcebo Zikode’s record label Open Mic Productions, it might even end up in a nasty court battle.
Of recent Nomcebo has been making waves in SA which lead to most people wanting to work with her. Knowing DJ Tira he didn’t let the opportunity slip away, the DJ worked with the Xola Moya Wam hitmaker in his recent album 21 Years Of DJ Tira.
Their collabo raised tension, according to Open Mic Productions this goes against the contract Nomcebo signed, which stipulates that she’s not allowed to work with any other artist at the moment because they are trying to push her music career as a solo artist.
And when she went ahead with the collaboration both DJ Tira and the singer didn’t consultant the record label.
A letter of demand has been issued that requests Tira to take down his song Nguwe which features Nomcebo. Co-owner of the label Lionel Jamela confirmed that they’ve requested Tira to take down the song from all music streaming platforms and from his album, as well as to stop marketing it on his social media as well as the radio stations.
“As a company that is managing Nomcebo and has signed her, we have decided that we cannot allow anyone to release a song featuring Nomcebo now while we are focused on pushing her as a solo artist.
“Tira has no formal agreement with the label, whereas when you record with an artist that belongs to another company you must communicate with them and get the proper legal clearance.
“I don’t know what Nomcebo’s personal stand is, but as a company, we are doing right by an artist that we are developing. Her song is topping radio all over the country and if there is another song that is coming from somewhere it will disrupt our own marketing strategy,” concluded the co-owner,” said Jamela.
Tira spoke to Sowetan and confirmed that he was served with the letter of demand. “Yes those are some of their demands and I’m responding to all of that so that we can find common ground. I think there was a breakdown of communication between me, Nomcebo and them (Open Mic). I was dealing with Nomcebo a lot, but she was also supposed to finalise things with them. We all need to come together and sort out whatever issue we have.
“I’m not trying to capitalise on the Jerusalema hype and interrupt her solo career. We all want Nomcebo to shine and have the best career. We just want to see her win and that’s why I have a good relationship with her. We are all trying to see if we can all work together,” Tira concluded.
On contrary, Nomcebo said she’s not aware of that clause in her contract. ” “I’ve been doing songs with other artists like Mobi Dixon and the list is endless. I’m not aware of any issue between Tira and Open Mic,” the singer said.