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Brenda's case goes for arbitration

By unknown | Feb 17, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Dudu Busani

The dispute over royalties of the late pop diva Brenda Fassie will be settled out of court.

In the Johannesburg high court yesterday the two parties - Fassie's estate executor and the South African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) - agreed to drop the court case and go for arbitration.

This comes after Fassie's executor David Feldman served summons on Samro, demanding that they provide statements of account regarding the singer's royalties.

Samro on the other hand claimed to have accounted for all the royalties due to Fassie and to have submitted the documentation to prove it.

Acting Judge GL Bhikha issued a court order recording that the two parties resolve the matter out of court. Two independent arbitrators will oversee the process.

Judge Bhikha commended both Feldman and Samro for their decision, saying he was "happy that he wouldn't have to deal with all the accounting".

The dispute is mainly over money that Fassie, one of the most successful musicians this country has ever produced, made when she was alive and after she died in 2004.

Fassie died a pauper, even though Samro had reportedly been receiving large sums of her money since 1982, from the SABC alone.


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