There is no denying the fact that recording companies continue to rob local musicians of millions of rands through complicated contracts.
Simon Nkabinde, popularly known as Mahlathini, who died a pauper, comes to mind.
The death of Maruti Nkuna, popularly known as uManji, is also a case in point. I am saddened by his death. I enjoyed his music. What leaves me furious are the conditions surrounding his funeral. He was buried from an RDP house.
Why did Nkuna not build his mother a decent house during the peak of his career? Do we still blame the recording companies here? African Musicians Against HIV and Aids claim to have donated money and groceries towards his funeral. Why?
Maruti, known for his hit song Moloi, did not even have a burial society. It takes less than R1000 to join a community burial society.
If Nkuna felt he could not sit under those trees to attend those society meetings, he could have given his mother cash to pay on his behalf.
During the height of their careers, our irresponsible celebrities become too smart for their families, who are based in the rural areas.
Our celebrities behave like makgowa. They only remember their homes when everything is falling apart. Not all that glitters is gold.