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Ironic & iconic: Has Riky Rick Parted Ways With Mabala Noise?

Following his controversial Metro FM Music Awards acceptance speech, Riky Rick might have just become the first artist to leave new music label Mabala Noise

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Riky Rick skipped much cavorting when accepting his Metro FM Award this past weekend.

Instead the chart topper turned fashion icon unleashed a verbal onslaught on the South African music industry when collecting the award for Best Hit Single at the ceremony held at the ICC on Saturday night.

During the now much talked about speech, the Sidlukotini rapper tore South African radio  to shreds for being corrupt.

He also went on to bring the legitimacy of award shows into question, indulging ongoing speculation about local award shows (and radio airplay) being bought out by prominent music labels.

“Shout out to all the kids that never get on radio… that can’t get their songs played on radio because they don’t have enough money”, he jibed.

He went to to add that “90 % of the s*** I hear on radio is garbage”, which was quite an ironic statement considering that he was accepting an award by a national radio station.

READ: METRO FM MUSIC AWARDS 2016 WINNERS 

More ironic is the fact that he is signed to Mabala Noise, who were the main subject during the award purchasing debates that later ensued after Nasty C’s Hell Naw beat out the likes of Babes Wodumo’s Wololo and Kwesta’s Ngud to being named Song Of The Year.

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Has he left? Riky Rick’s booking details suggest he might no longer be with Mabala Noise. Photo: Instagram

Amongst those who took aim at the authenticity of the wins was Julius Malema, who referred to the event as ‘Mom Ruby’s Shebeen’, as well as rapper L Tido, who also openly tweeted about the Song Of The Year result being a tell tale sign there’s something dodgy happening in the business.

READ: FIFI COOPER, A – REECE & BENCHMARQ LEAVE AMBITIOUZ 

And now there’s rife speculation that he might have officially parted ways with Mabala Noise.

The rapper, who just recently flew back in the country from his trip to Italy, where he enjoyed some time at the Gucci headquarters rubbing shoulders with like minded fashion icons like A$AP Rocky, has now removed the emerging record label from his his social media bio’s.

Is he done with the music label, or is he just really dealing with a big warning from the bosses? We’ll be keeping you posted!

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Inside Zahara’s 5 Months Of Sobriety

Zahara has opened up about her 5 months without alcohol, saying she now wants to shine the spotlight on the mental health of local artists, who’d rather “destroy themselves” than face record labels.

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It’s been 5 months since Zahara has consumed any alcohol.

The Afro-Pop songbird revealed to TshisaLive that she decided to quit after “one night I finished a whole bottle of wine by myself.”

This personal milestone attends to negative portrayals of the singer, who’s had to fight persistent reports of a drinking problem that is out of control. It’s a reputation she’s keen to challenge. “I want to show people that those stories aren’t true.”

It’s also a reputation, says the singer, that has been engineered to undermine her credibility amid her fight for album royalties.

READ: EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT DJ SBU’S NIPSEY HUSSLE SPEECH 

Her breakthrough moment, however, happened last year in October, when her mother and sister fasted in prayer as a means to intervene. She hasn’t had any since then, and doesn’t miss it.

The 30 year old afro-soul songstress has recently detailed rough patches she’s endured in recent months, most of which are related to the alleged heated disputes between her and her previous labels.

ALBUM REVIEW: ZAHARA – COUNTRY GIRL 

“I won’t be a statistic, I want my money”, says Zahara in a new Instagram post, in which she also gives out her personal mobile number. Repurposing lyrics from her hit single, Umthwalo (My baggage), she went on to clarify that the account was not hacked. Instead, she’s decided to use her platfom to expose unspoken realities in the music industry.

Speaking to IOL Entertainment, Zahara said she’s adamant to be heard.

“Some of my peers are suffering from depression, some have thrown themselves into drug abuse, others into the arms of men simply because they are afraid of admitting that they have no money, because the record labels are not paying us”, says the Loliwe hitmaker.

Zahara also said that she’s now pursuing legal action for said album royalties.

 

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Nasty C Opens The Industry With ‘Lift As You Rise’

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Nasty C, Tellaman, Rowlene for Lift As You Rise

More and more of Mzansi’s hip-hop artists are climbing the ladder of success with the support and mentorship of hip-hop collectives.

This phenomenon brings to life a gripping narrative that the local hip-hop space is overloaded with inherent quality and talent. With this in mind, Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records have joined forces to form Lift As You Rise; a music project that is aimed at uplifting artists across South Africa and subsequently catapults them into success.

Made up of unstoppable forces Nasty C, Tellaman, Gemini Major, Rowlene, Lastee and Zino D, the Lift As You Rise project will see these artists come together to produce multiple open tracks.

These tracks will incorporate verses from the collective artists, excluding 16 bars that will allow Mzansi’s aspiring artists to add their verses and subsequently completing the tracks. As a result, SA’s budding musicians can contribute to the songs and add their parts so as to complete the tracks.

The musicians will then need to upload their tracks onto their respective social media platforms with the correct tags.

Red Bull Music and Tall Racks Records will then select the best artists. Successful artists will get an opportunity to go into the Red Bull Music Recording Studios in Cape Town where songs will be recorded culminating in complete tracks released to the public.

“A much-undervalued part of the music industry is collaboration, especially in the world of fresh and independent hip-hop artists,” Nasty C comments.

“At the moment, our music culture in SA is becoming more and more open to sharing and collaborating and this is the culture the Lift As You Rise project looks to achieve. This is the era where budding artists need to catch up with the understanding that they must collaborate to take their gift one step further.”

Rowlene adds, “Collaboration is the biggest uplifting force driving music today. To young and upcoming artists looking to project their talents onto a bigger audience, the Lift As You Rise project is the powerful stepping stone.”

For more information on the Lift As You Rise project, visit http://redbull.co.za/lift-as-you-rise

 

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Beyoncé’s Homecoming Doccie To Premiere on Netflix

Beyonce’s Coachella documentary is coming to Netflix

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Beyoncé has premiered the first look into her looming documentary, and the streets are shaken.

The promo for ‘Homecoming‘ landed on the internet on Monday. The South African beyhive is in for a treat as the documentary will surface on Netflix, April 17th.

The picture is set to chronicle the journey to one of Beyoncé’s most iconic performances – Beychella.

The doccie will feature the actual performance – which means you can now stop scouring the internet for that pixelated footage obtained from the live stream – as well behind the scenes preparations for the critically lauded show.

The piece is said to offer an “intimate, in-depth look” at the concert, revealing “the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement,” Netflix said.

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