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'I'm so sorry I fell for Charma Boy'

By unknown | Mar 11, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Zenoyise Madikwa

Zenoyise Madikwa

When Ntombi Maseko posed for photos with musician Doc Shebeleza, she thought she was doing her bit for Aids awareness.

But when the photo - of her and Shebeleza "sharing" a banana - wound up on his album sleeve, her parents threw her out of their home. The religious couple told their daughter that she was an embarrassment to the family.

She is now squatting with friends in Auckland Park. But she wants so badly to return home - if only she could make the pictures go away.

The problem is that Shebeleza is having none of that. With 14000 CDs already sold, he says there is nothing wrong with the sleeve of his album, Charma Boy. The offending picture shows Maseko biting a banana on one side while a half-naked Shebeleza is biting it from the other side.

A tearful Maseko pleaded with Sowetan yesterday to help her stop the distribution of the CD. "Please help me. I never wanted to be on the CD cover. My agent told me that the shoot was for the African Musicians Against Aids and HIV (Amaha) campaign. I was surprised to see the picture on Doc Shebeleza's CD cover. He has ruined myreputation."

But Shebeleza says he will not stop the distribution. He says he had an agreement with Maseko's agent, Proact, to use the pictures, for which she was paid. "I will never use Amaha for my own things. Please talk to the girl's agent Proact. He is the one who knows what's happening," Shebeleza said.

Proact spokesperson Neo Mashishi said the agreement they had with Shebeleza was that the pictures were for an Amaha campaign. Mashishi said Proact was shocked when Shebeleza told him a week before the CD was released that some of the girl's pictures would be used for the CD sleeve.

Mashishi said Proact was also angry that Shebeleza did not communicate with him before deciding about using the girls for the sleeve. "His conduct was very unprofessional. I do not like being thrown into controversy. I run a business."

Efforts to speak to Maseko's parents drew a blank.


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