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Kwaito Legend Protests Against South African Music Rights Organisation for Unpaid Royalties

Kwaito Legend Protests Against South African Music Rights Organisation for Unpaid Royalties

South African Kwaito musician, Eugene Mthethwa, has reached a resolution after protesting against the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO). The Trompies member alleges that SAMRO has not paid royalties to him for more than thirty years.

Eugene Mthethwa, of the famous kwaito group, Trompies, has gone on a protest against the South African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO). Mthethwa's protest reportedly began this past Thursday when he locked himself inside the offices of SAMRO and demanded to be paid royalties dating back to 1988. The music veteran reportedly vowed not to leave the offices in Braamfontein until his paperwork was filed. A video of the seemingly distressed musician circulated on social media shortly afterwards.


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According to the The Citizen, Mthethwa chained himself to a pole at the entrance of SAMRO offices after claiming he was denied a meeting with SAMRO. The kwaito legend alleged that SAMRO has not paid royalties due to him from 1988 to 2021 and that he has been enquiring about the process for the past six years. The news of his protest soon caught attention of social media with Mbuyiseni Ndlozi and Afro-soul legend Ringo Madlingozi supporting his sit-in at the offices for two days. Mthethwa did not hold back in his response to SABC News:

"SAMRO has kept me as a slave. It has kept me as their dog that eats crumbs that are falling from the master's table. I'm saying, I'm here to get all the answers that I deserve and also to get my money that I'm supposed to get because I've been waiting for too long. I've been talking decently for the past two years and even before that."

However, according to the Sowetan, CEO Mark Rosin states that Mthethwa's complaints had previously been addressed and furthermore, the artist was expelled from SAMRO for fraudulently accessing funds from the body. Rosin went on to explain that Mthethwa had been reinstated but that the royalties were withheld to off-set the balance owed to SAMRO.

Mthethwa's protest follows the economic blow to South Africa's entertainment industry due to COVID-19 regulations which limited live performances. Artists have continuously slammed the government for the lack of financial support for artists with most of the COVID-19 relief funds going to sports. South African musicians hold only 30 percent on commercial radio and 60 percent on public radio. As a result, artists called for increased airplay of local content on television and radio platforms during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Admittedly, Mthethwa's protest for royalties includes the claim that his music has been on high rotation. According to Mthethwa's Twitter post, an undisclosed resolution was met with SAMRO after he complained that the organisation would only pay out royalties from 2014 due to alleged administrative errors.

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Renowned British actor Idris Elba is planning to open up a film studio in Tanzania, reports say.

Celebrated British actor Idris Elba is planning to open a film studio in Tanzania. The news was revealed by Tanzania's Director of Presidential Communications, Zuhura Yunus, during a press conference. According to Yunus, the plan for the studio was set in motion during Elba's meeting with President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


“Discussions on the project have just begun, and if successful, the project will help not only Tanzania but also Eastern and Central Africa,” said Yunus.

In the past, Elba, who is also an award-winning actor, filmmaker and musician, has made concerted efforts to be involved in, and contribute to the African entertainment industry. In the past, he has featured on songs with prominent African artists like D'banj, Drizilik, and Phyno, among others. Although he is a celebrated Hollywood actor, Elba has always stayed connected to the motherland and has made several efforts to represent his own Sierra Leonean and Ghanaian roots.

In an interview with South Africa's SA People News in 2022, the British movie star mentioned that he wants to shoot more films in Africa, as well as contribute in building and developing the future of the African film industry.

“Young Africans view me as a leader or a beacon. And I feel like I could bring something. So I’m keen to bring what I’ve learned in media and amplify it in Africa,” the Beast actor said at the time.

During the interview, the actor also mentioned that the continent deserved "real tender care."

“I’m really keen on the development of Africa. My parents come from Africa and more than anywhere in the world, I feel like that continent deserves some real tender care and love and thought.

Elba has historically represented Africa in powerful rooms that he has walked into

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