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The worrying state of Mabala Noise, will Nasty C stay on?

Mcebo Mpungose

Mabala Noise is facing a crisis. One that has been camouflaged by the success of Durban born rapper, Nasty C. Having made a huge statement of intent in the industry by signing some of the finest talents in SA, the company has been facing one scandal over the other since it was founded late in 2015.

This week on Wednesday, co-founder and recording artist, DJ Bongz, announced his departure from Mabala Noise through a series of tweets and a Facebook post on his page.

“I would like to officially confirm that I, Bongani Dlamini (DJ Bongz) am no longer a part of Mabala Noise Entertainment. I have tendered my resignation with full effect from the 5th of July 2017.” Bongz said on a Facebook post.

“I would like to Thank everyone there for everything and wish them the best of luck for the future. Bless!”

Awkward much? That isn’t all.

When posting about his departure on twitter it was a totally different approach:

He could well never reveal the real reasons behind his departure, following a similar route taken by Riky Rick who also announced his departure from Mabala on twitter.

Riky Rick didn’t leave the recording label without making a *noise* though as he seized his opportunity to voice out his concerns with the SA music industry in his award acceptance speech at the South African Music Awards earlier this year.

What this means now is that Mabala Noise has lost two of its top artists in Riky and DJ Bongz, who are both influential figures in their respective genres. Why would Bongz leave a project he co-founded two years ago?

The artists that are left now are: Du Boiz, Nasty C, Gigi Lamayne, Major League DJs, Leanne Dlamini, Mroza, Thokozani Langa, L’vovo Derrango, Zakwe, Ms Jones, Zandi Khumalo, Ann Singer and DJ Chynaman.

This is a long list of artists, and to add on it they also handle entertainment personalities Khanyi Mbau, Kay Sibiya and Mbali Nkosi.

One wonders if Mabala Noise has gotten the right structures needed to market the music of all these artists while attending to the planning of their huge events.

On Friday the 30th of June, at the Vodacom Durban July Launch Concert handled by the label, one of the two most anticipated performances by Kwesta and Zakes Bantwini didn’t happen.

Reasons? Well, here:

On Monday Zakes Bantwini accused the label of being disrespectful and criticized the “appalling” treatment he claims artists received at the concert.

(Now that the) dust has settled, let me express my disappointment at the way things were handled at the Mabala Noise concert on Friday. As many of you have asked, the reason why I did not get to perform my new album at the event (was because of a) lack of professionalism, communication and disrespect was displayed by the Mabala Noise team. It’s my first time I’m subject to this ordeal and to think that we as the industry are treating each other like this is appalling.”

The official response by the Mabala team has been that the two artists wanted to perform with bands, which wasn’t practical due to time constraints.

However, with everything that has been happening including the undoubtedly excellent handling of Nasty C’s talent, questions are beginning to circle whether the Durban born rapper will stay at Mabala Noise in the long run.

Nasty C who has done well so far since signing under Mabala Noise.

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