It seems that even the music industry is not immune to legal battles and drama. Amapiano sensation Young Stunna and Kabza de Small’s record label, Piano Hub, have found themselves at the center of an R1 million lawsuit.
The lawsuit was filed by Durban Base Entertainment (DBE), a music promoter after Young Stunna failed to show up for a paid music show in KwaZulu-Natal last year.
In court papers, DBE claims that they booked Young Stunna to perform at their event called Durban Meets Jozi, where he was scheduled to share the stage with Amapiano rising star Mfana Kah Gogo.
They paid a performance fee of R40,000 and also incurred additional expenses for transport, stage setup, sound, security, lighting, and hospitality.
However, to their disappointment, Young Stunna did not show up for the event, leaving fans and the promoter high and dry. This resulted in reputational harm for DBE, as patrons no longer trusted the events they organized.
DBE sent a letter of demand to Young Stunna, his booking agent, Lawk Communications, and Piano Hub, seeking compensation for the damages and event costs. The trio offered to refund only the performance fee, which DBE rejected. Despite the demand, they failed to make the payment.
DBE has now taken the matter to the Joburg High Court, seeking a total of R1,086,870 from Young Stunna, Lawk Communications, and Piano Hub. The defendants have filed a special plea, asking for Piano Hub to be removed from the lawsuit, claiming it has no direct interest in the matter.
In their defense, the defendants deny that Young Stunna was the main artist at the event and claim that he was unable to perform due to illness. They state that Young Stunna had cancelled other bookings during that period for the same reason.
It remains to be seen how the court will decide on this matter. Will DBE be able to recover the damages and reputational harm caused by Young Stunna’s no-show? Or will the defendants successfully defend themselves and clear Piano Hub from the lawsuit?