Grammy Award-winning singer Nomcebo Zikode has rubbished reports that her legal battle with Open Mic Productions, has ended.
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This comes after a report on ZiMoja, that they have settled their differences and are now at peace. A source told the publication that Nomcebo and Open Mic Productions are already working on a new project. The Jerusalema vocalist has come out guns blazing to rubbish the fake news.
According to a statement released on behalf Nomcebo Zikode by her management, the matter is not over. Nomcebo is still fighting for her royalties from the record-breaking global hit single, “Jerusalema” or her project, “Xola Moya Wam’”.
Her management stated that a court judgment ordering Open Mic and Nomcebo to sign under a joint venture agreement was acquired in late 2022.
“Nomcebo is eagerly awaiting the finalization of this matter so that she can continue with her recording plans and put out new music to further her career as a recording artist,” explains Sibo Mhlungu, CEO at IMG Africa (Management to Nomcebo Zikode).
“We are unhappy with Open Mic’s delay, as we had jointly undertaken to adhere to clearly stipulated timelines on submission of all required information, which remains outstanding, thus prolonging the matter. Should this not be resolved in the coming weeks, we are certain that we’ll be going back to court.”
Nomcebo Zikode accused Open Mic Productions of exploitation in 2021 and claimed that she did not receive her royalties from Jerusalema. “Thank you to all the fans of #Jerusalema, you have made my dreams a reality, with attaining a global hit song. My voice and lyrics have transcended globally, but I still await what is due to me”
“I have not been paid a cent by the label for #Jerusalema despite the song’s global success. I have been ridiculed, with efforts to marginalise my contribution. I, as a female artist, can’t stay silent on this anymore. The matter is now with my lawyers.”
The Xola Moya Wam’ hitmaker claimed that she did not receive money for Jerusalema, while Master KG insisted that she received R1.5 million.
“Can you confirm that you received R1.5m so far from Jerusalema? and before I explain many things you guys haven’t paid me for Xola Moya Wami…And again, Nomcebo can you tell these people that you are demanding a bigger percentage than mine on this song?” he tweeted.
“Last year Nomcebo started Jerusalema tour without me and I never had a problem and a few weeks back I started my tour and then Nomcebo went to the media and created a story that I’m leaving her behind … I don’t really know why things must be like this.”