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Nomcebo Zikode Wins Forbes’ Award

Fresh from winning her first Grammy award singer/songwriter Nomcebo Zikode has just won her first Forbes Award.

Zikode was recognized by Forbes at the Top Entertainer over the last 12 months. She says three years ago she didn’t imagine she’d be where she is right now.

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“God is showing off once again, if someone had told me I’d be here 3 years ago, I would’ve laughed in their face, but here we are!

“I was awarded the Top Entertainer Award by Forbes Women Africa to top off an amazing day spent with phenomenal, successful women. Thank you to @forbeswomenafrica for this accolade.”

Nomcebo rose to stardom on the globally recognized song Jerusalema.

She was equally ecstatic after winning her first Grammy for the song Bayde with Zakes Bantwini and Wouter Kellerman.

“Look at God!!! From Hammarsdale to the world! I never imagined that God would take me to such heights and platforms!

“I want to give a special shoutout to @wouterkellerman, @tholsi_pillay, @zakesbantwini and @sibo_the_zulu @fraserselwyn for thinking of me when putting this record together, we did it!🫶🏽

“Also I want to thank @gertjohancoetzee for this incredible dress! It really made waves here in LA. Last but not least I want to thank each and everyone who has supported me and my career since day one, I love each of you and dedicate this win to you! Now to celebrate!!!”

Incase you missed it, has sued Open Mic Productions over the removal of her Grammy-nominated song “Bayethe” from Spotify.

Nomcebo and the record label have. been at loggerhead for over a year now over Jerusalema royalties. On Wednesday, she is reportedly planning to file a lawsuit against them.

According to the paper, Spotify removed the song from its service immediately after it was announced as a Grammy nominee

Open Mic through its attorneys MM, wrote to Spotify that the recording infringes on its intellectual property. However, Nomcebo claims Open Mic does not own any copyright or other intellectual property rights to the song.

“The statement is false, and the respondent knows it to be so. It holds no copyright or other intellectual property rights, in the song or the recording entitled to attempt to prevent me from making recordings and performing,” read part of the court papers.

The court documents reveal Nomcebo’s claims that “the takedown notice and the conduct of the respondent as set out below constitute: an injurious falsehood, an unlawful and intentional interference with my and the second applicant’s contractual and/or property rights and unlawful competition”.

Nomcebo added: “As a result of the recording being removed from Spotify, and potentially from other platforms of which I am unaware, the second applicant and I have suffered and stand to suffer further harm, the extent of which will be difficult, if not impossible, to quantify. Furthermore, I have a reasonable apprehension that the take-down request, along with other take-down requests of which I am unaware, or which the respondent may still issue, may have a bearing on the Grammy for which I have been nominated.” She has asked the court that Open Mic be ordered to advise Spotify to reinstate the song “within 24 hours of the interim relief being granted”.

The court papers state again that Nomcebo has not been paid royalties for her contributions to “Jerusalema”, a global hit single. In her court papers, she claims she hasn’t been paid a cent for “Jerusalema”, the most streamed African song ever. For some reason, Open Mic has decided to exclude Nomcebo from partaking in her rightful earnings from the song’s success. And now Nomcebo is fighting back.

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