Piracy and lack of airtime for his records on radio and television are some of the reasons the People's Poet, Mzwakhe Mbuli, has decided to stop recording in South Africa.
Yesterday, Mbuli announced his "retirement" from the local industry, saying he was forced to look for other avenues for his talent.
"I would love to continue to create and record music in South Africa until I am the age of someone like Miriam Makeba, but I can't keep on fighting these battles," Mbuli said through his public relations company.
He said it was in trying to get his latest album Thunder to the public, that he realised local stations would not give him airplay.
He named several radio stations, and said it was even more difficult to get airplay on television.
Mbuli also pointed to retailers for refusing to stock Thunder in spite of what he said was "public demand for the album".
"The doors of the airwaves are closed and I can only point to a deep-seated conspiracy, and a culture of victimisation on the part of what I can only call a Mafia on the airwaves," the People's Poet said. - Sapa