‘Nomcebo is lying!’ – Master KG hits back in row with Jerusalema vocalist
Once the world’s most loved musical duo, Nomcebo Zikode and Master KG are engaged in an ugly war as they fight over royalties for the hit song Jerusalema.
On Sunday the duo from South Africa trended on social media after Nomcebo issued a public statement, accusing record label Open Mic of not paying her for her craft in the Jerusalema song which became an international sensation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In her statement the ‘Xola Moya Wam’ hitmaker said she was still waiting for ‘what is due’ to her.
“My voice and lyrics have transcended globally, but I still await what is due to me. I have not been paid a cent by the label for #Jerusalema despite the song’s global success. I have been ridiculed, with efforts to marginalize my contribution.
“The continued love and support from fans of #jerusalema has been my strength and anchor during this difficult time. I, as a female artist, can’t stay silent anymore. The matter is now with my lawyers,” said Nomcebo.
Following Nomcebo’s statement Master KG shared his side of the story saying Nomcebo was simply demanding a higher percentage of the royalties than the initial agreement.
He also counter attacked Nomcebo for not paying him for their song ‘Xola Moya Wam.’
“@Nomcebozikode Can you confirm if you have not yet received R1.5 million so far for Jerusalema? And before I explain many things, you guys haven’t paid me for ‘Xola Moya Wam’. But you have received money so far for Jerusalema,” tweeted Master KG.
Master KG’s record label, Open Mic Production then released a statement which disregarded the artist’s initial statement which claimed they had paid Nomcebo.
In a statement by Open Mic it was revealed that indeed Nomcebo hasn’t been paid her money and neither has Master KG because they are still discussing the percentage.
“We can confirm that during the creation of the song Master KG (the main artist) and Nomcebo Zikode (the featured artist) agreed on sharing 50/50 of Master KG’s earnings.
“The featured artist’s agreement which reflected an equal split between the two artists was drafted last year November for both parties to sign. Nomcebo Zikode through her legal team reviewed the contract and proposed for a higher percentage.
“Since then, there have been back and forth engagements. We also confirm that the last communication with Nomcebo’s legal team regarding her negotiation of the contract in question was on the 19th of June 2021.
“No payment has been made to either artist as yet because Nomcebo Zikode is yet to sign the featured artist agreement that essentially records what was agreed between herself and Master KG prior to the both of them going into studio, to record Jerusalema,” read part of the statement.
In a tweet Master KG said Nomcebo was now demanding 70 percent of the royalties.
“The agreement for Jerusalema is 50/50 between me and Nomcebo, but she wants 70% and I must get 30%.”