Politics

The ANC Reportedly Couldn’t Afford to Pay Artists to Perform at The Launch of the Party’s Manifesto

Artists billed to perform at the ANC's manifesto launch didn't show up.

South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) launched its manifesto last week Saturday in Durban ahead of the national elections taking place later this year. Artists who were supposed to perform during the event, however, didn't show up.

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Music

Check Out The Full Lineup of Riky Rick’s Cotton Fest

All your South African hip-hop faves will perform at Cotton Fest.

Towards the end of 2018, South African rapper and producer Riky Rick announced his own festival, Cotton Fest. After teasing the lineup, the artists has finally revealed the names of the 80 artists billed to perfrom on the festival's two stages.

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Music

Cash Strapped South African National Broadcaster SABC Stopped Paying Artists Their Royalties Last Year

The SABC owes the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) millions in royalties.

The country's national broadcaster the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) had to stop paying royalties to artists for music used on its radio and TV platforms last year, City Press reports.

This comes after the broadcaster's highly publicized financial woes. The SABC was reported to be in close to R700 million (approximately $51 million) debt in August 2018. It reportedly needed R3 billion (approximately $217 347 210) to avoid closing its does.

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