DJ Ganyani, protégé sing a different tune

Nomcebo Nkwanyana is defending the lawsuit.
Nomcebo Nkwanyana is defending the lawsuit.

Popular house musician DJ Ganyani's musical relationship with his artist Nomcebo Nkwanyana has crumbled.

The two are fighting like cat and dog over money as Ganyani also seeks to interdict his protégé from performing his songs.

At the centre of their squabbles are allegations that Nomcebo was bypassing her record label, Ganyani Entertainment, by accepting gigs individually despite having signed an agreement authorising Ganyani's label to handle bookings for all the songs she recorded with the DJ and other artists under the same stable.

As a result, Ganyani, real name Frederick Tshabalala, filed an interdict on behalf of his label at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg last month to ban Nomcebo from performing their songs Emazulwini, NTO and Jabulile, recorded under his stable.

According to court papers seen by Sunday World, Ganyani said this was because Nomcebo, who has since left the stable, had violated an agreement they had signed stating that all bookings involving their songs were to be done through his label.

Ganyani said despite the agreement, he discovered that Nomcebo secretly accepted gigs on a number of occasions without informing the label.

"Respondent has now stopped booking events through [the] applicant and books them herself without applicant's consent or authority ... Respondent performed the songs at the following venues without applicant's approval: 30th June 2018 - Twotone in Daveyton; 27th July - QwaQwa; 28 July - Channel M Pretoria;
4th August - Motetema; 1st September - Crystal Lounge in Yeoville; and 7th September 2018 - Coyotes Lounge in Nelspruit ," states the papers.

DJ Ganyani
DJ Ganyani

In a letter of demand dated September 5, Ganyani said Nomcebo's actions cost him loss of revenue amounting to R75 000. This, the papers show, was because he charges R15 000 per performance, and according to agreement signed with Nomcebo, his label was entitled to half of the money, which is R7 500 per gig.

"Your actions are tantamount to fraud and undue enrichment ..." reads the letter.

In the same letter, Ganyani's lawyers also demanded a payment of R75 000 from her. According to the papers, Nomcebo failed to respond to the letter of demand, forcing Ganyani to head to court to interdict her.

Nomcebo referred all inquiries to her new label Open Mic Productions. The label's owner, Molao Rammalo, confirmed knowledge of the court application against Nomcebo.

"We have handed this matter to our legal team, and we intend to oppose the interdict to protect our artist. We don't recognise the agreement that's purported to have been signed between Ganyani Entertainment and Nomcebo," said Rammalo.

Ganyani and his lawyers Diale Attorneys did not respond to questions.

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