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Gospel star in piracy 'assault'

By Bongani Fuzile | Nov 15, 2011 | COMMENTS [ 129 ]

RENOWNED South African gospel artist, Lusanda Mcinga, is out on bail after an altercation with someone over pirated CDs.

The multi-award winning star from Willowvale, Eastern Cape, was arrested on charges of kidnapping, robbery and assault in Butterworth on Sunday and spent the day in police holding cells before appearing in court yesterday.

It is alleged that Mcinga assaulted Mzoli Vusani for allegedly selling pirated versions of her music and other artists.

The man was reportedly thrown in the back of a vehicle and driven out of town where he was assaulted.

The gospel star yesterday made a brief appearance in court and was released on R500 bail.

Leaving the Butterworth Magistrate's Court, Mcinga said she was arrested for stopping "criminals" from selling pirated music.

"We are victims of music piracy and this affects us badly and now, when we take action, we are getting arrested. I had to spend a night in a filthy police cell, it was disgusting," said Mcinga.

Outside the court, Mcinga's manager Siyabonga Ndumbu said: "Artists invest their time and money and the next thing they get this treatment.

"All we want is the community to refrain from buying pirated music.

"Look at Lusanda, she spent a night in police holding cells just for fighting for her music. She doesn't deserve this."

Butterworth police spokesman Captain Jackson Manatha said Mcinga was expected back in court on December 9. She was not asked to plead.

Mcinga started singing gospel in 1995. The 47-year-old released her 15th album this year.

COMMENTS [ 129 ]

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Sealion
@Africanist

No need to insult, just give your facts without demining me, because that will only prove that you can not reason.

Musicians from the south and abroad should realise that we can copy music any time anywhere, because we have apparatus to do so.

Why should one buy a cd if they can copy.
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you call people idiots but you complain about insults.copying somebodys work without permission is theft finish and klaar.the fact that you have apparatus doesnt give you the right to steal.criminals have apparatus to open your house or car does that give them the right to take whatever thy want from your house

Nov 15, 2011 10:59 | 0 replies

TupacAmaru
I hear uZamajobe is broke.
I dont know if it is due to piracy or lack of finance management. But I need to advice everybody to please buy only the original of Zahara's loliwe. Shame the girl sang her heart out to be broke one day.
==========================================================================Only DJ sbu will determine whether this girl will be broke or not, he is her producer, Sbu gets his cut before she get her cut.

Nov 15, 2011 12:15 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
@Shenene
KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
She must face the charges nothing else that is not her job hers is to sing sell the music that wont sell because of crazy price.
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Over the last few weeks or so I noticed that you are one of the few brothers who make sense on this blog....but today...are you high or something? You need to stop smoking that s#it because it is obviously not good for your brain.

Nov 15, 2011 12:16 | 0 replies

music is art,creative expression of something,the Bible quote,hymns,old songs:sung by a different voice,variations here and there,(acknowledgement of sources/copyright compliance)but ultimately were are blessed or entertained by the musicians,ba cula kamnandi we bantu!

Nov 15, 2011 12:21 | 0 replies

People are moaning about paying R80 for a CD but they never moan about paying three times that amount for a concert ticket or ten times that amount for a sound system. Sheesh, talk about a lack of priorities

Nov 15, 2011 12:24 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
@Shenene
KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
She must face the charges nothing else that is not her job hers is to sing sell the music that wont sell because of crazy price.
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kikikikikikikikikikiki heartless brother
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We all know that what she did is against the law.
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bona tlala e ka go dirisa diphoso papa bills are pilling up

Nov 15, 2011 12:28 | 0 replies

@TupacAmaru
Over the last few weeks or so I noticed that you are one of the few brothers who make sense on this blog....but today...are you high or something? You need to stop smoking that s#it because it is obviously not good for your brain.
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I mentined earlier R120 original CD that has only one good track do you expect that CD sell double platimun?
I better by the fake one and save that R115 FOR something better.Or may be the price must be adjusted on such a case that is what i say Tupac.

Nov 15, 2011 12:30 | 0 replies

truthhurt
Only DJ sbu will determine whether this girl will be broke or not, he is her producer, Sbu gets his cut before she get her cut.
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Oh..My...Word. Is Dj Sbu producing her? Then she must just forget about "smiling to the bank" Shem, the rural girl will just be happy with a whooping R50 000 and a new guitar.

Nov 15, 2011 12:30 | 0 replies

TupacAmaru
KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
@Shenene
KatakataEmaotoAditshepe
She must face the charges nothing else that is not her job hers is to sing sell the music that wont sell because of crazy price.
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Over the last few weeks or so I noticed that you are one of the few brothers who make sense on this blog....but today...are you high or something? You need to stop smoking that s#it because it is obviously not good for your brain.
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eeeeeh tupac let these man drown himself into mqombothi kikikikikiki nyaope e dira span se shap my bra

Nov 15, 2011 12:31 | 0 replies

TupacAmaru
truthhurt
Only DJ sbu will determine whether this girl will be broke or not, he is her producer, Sbu gets his cut before she get her cut.
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Oh..My...Word. Is Dj Sbu producing her? Then she must just forget about "smiling to the bank" Shem, the rural girl will just be happy with a whooping R50 000 and a new guitar.
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the girl is from tembisa lol

Nov 15, 2011 12:32 | 0 replies

@Shenene
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eeeeeh tupac let these man drown himself into mqombothi kikikikikiki nyaope e dira span se shap my bra
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I wonder who is that drowned man.

Nov 15, 2011 12:34 | 0 replies