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Jazz Artists in sabc discord

By unknown | Jan 25, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Top artists including Judith Sephuma, Tshepo Tshola and Sello Galane are among those angry at Thobela FM for failing to pay them.

Several artists performed at a jazz festival organised by the radio station in Polokwane, Limpopo, last month.

The artists are threatening to sue for their payments.

The event took place at the Polokwane showgrounds on December 20.

Up to now none of those who performed, except for Selaelo Selota, have been paid, despite promises by the station management.

Station manager Leuba Ramakgolo is believed to have told the artists early this month that their claims had been forwarded to the SABC's finance department in Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Judith Sephuma said yesterday that SABC headquarters in Johannesburg has told her that the festival was not officially sanctioned, because of a lack of funds.

"Does it mean that these people made us perform when they knew there was no money?" she asked angrily.

Sephuma said she had already taken the matter up with her manager, with the intention to sue.

An angry Sello Galane, said he was tired of being sent from pillar to post and all he wanted was his money and nothing else.

"I want my money. All the artists I spoke to, who performed at the same festival, confirmed that they had not been paid.

"This means someone is taking us for a ride. They must pay up," Galane said.

Selota said he was paid in advance because he had been booked through an agency.

Ramakgolo refused to comment yesterday and referred Sowetan to SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago.

However, several messages left on Kganyago's cellphone were not returned at the time of going to print.


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