Cassper Nyovest‘s lawsuit against Limpopo artist Benny Mayengani has sparked outrage on social media, with EFF party leader Julius Malema adding to the fray.
It all started when legal cease and desist documents sent by Cassper’s lawyers surfaced, giving the public a glimpse into legal action being taken by Nyovest and his team against Mayengani, who used the #FillUp in #FillUpGiyaniStadium campaign.
The documents confirm that Cassper has secured exclusive copyrights to use ‘Fill Up’ in the South African events space – which means the term may never be used to promote an event of the same nature.
REMEMBER IN PICS: WHEN CASSPER FIRST FILLED UP ORLANDO!
Economic Freedom Fighters political leader, Julius Malema, has vowed to stand with Mayengani against “bully” Cassper, whose actions have been slammed by some as selfish. The EFF had also assisted Fifi Cooper with legal counsel after she had lost rights to perform her own music against Ambitiouz Entertainment.
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The term #FillUp was popularised by the rapper when he embarked on his first mission to become the first ever South African rapper to sell out the Dome in 2016.
#FillUpTheDome saw the music-loving public rally behind Cassper’s ambitious and inspiring pursuit, which eventually resulted in a historical milestone that shifted the landscape for South African Hip Hop.
Not done with taking on stadiums, Cassper moved to Orlando, and in the end became the first South African artist to sell out FNB Soccer City Stadium after the success of #FNBStadium.
What many didn’t realise is that Cassper had decided to lock down exclusive rights to use this term, at least as far as events go. Benny’s successful Giyani stadium show has thus earned him the Tsibip’s fury.
The debate here is whether or not taking legal action was called for. Some, Julius Malema included, feel that Cassper is in no position to stifle the progress of other thriving black artists.
Instead of focusing on business technicalities, he should be honoured that a movement he championed has inspired a revolutionary legacy; one in which local artists can dare more, and local audiences can support more.
On the other hand, the rapper’s business savviness has been no secret. In fact, he is often complimented for being able to achieve so much as an independent artist, and then strategically using his business sense to leverage more from his popularity.
The protection of intellectual property and business go hand in hand. There’s nothing unusual, let alone ‘wrong’ about his action, in this regard.
What is your take? Is he being unfair to Benny, or should Benny understand that this is purely business? Leave your comment below!
K.O Reveals Third Album Details – Everything We Know
K.O has announced his third solo project.
On Monday, K.O delighted fans when he not only announced his long awaited third solo studio album, but also revealed the album artwork, along with the title.
Slated for release on September 27th, K.O’s third solo project is called PTY UnLTD.
Perfectly synchronised to launch along with the looming summer, the album will premiere during the commercial peak of his latest hit, Say U Will, the simmering collaborative joint that saw him team up with the beautiful Nandi Madida.
The songbird has been celebrating her first ever number one, which also marks KO’s successful revival.
PTY UnLTD will also come just months after the Cashtime catalogue was availed across digital streaming platforms earlier this year. “It’s a piece of history we wanted to preserve”, he told QuenchSA in an exclusive interview, in which he also began laying out the elements which will define his next sonic ecosystem.
The sound will not adhere to the trappings of Skhanda, the Hip Hop and Kwaito fusion he masterfully pioneered and popularised with his previous works. It’s a fresh start for K.O, who sees the successes of his recent releases – which includes Supa Dupa – as keys unlocking his next chapter.
“What I have coming up is gonna be appreciated on a large scale, just based on where I am. I think I found my feet again. I can’t wait for people to hear”, he told QuenchSA.
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Black Coffee and Usher Team Up On ‘Lalala’
Usher’s smooth vocals luxuriate catchy hooks over Black Coffee’s distinct productions in fresh collaborative number.
On Tuesday, Black Coffee and Usher Lalala, a catchy dance number maximising on the creative potential of Coffee’s superior production skills and Usher’s powerful vocals.
The rhythmic joint, which comes nearly a year after the two first wet the musical appetites of their fans with snaps showcasing their budding friendship when Usher touched down in South Africa for his performance at the Global Citizen Festival, finds Usher luxuriating Coffee’s lush and summer calling instrumentals.
Lalala, which marks the globally celebrated DJ’s triumphant return to the charts since the debut of last year’s Drive, also solidifies Black Coffee’s pursuit to enter the American market.
Recently, Black Coffee has executed high powered collaborations with a slew of top international acts, a list which includes Drake, Jorja Smith and Alicia Keys.
Tshego Performs ‘No Lies’ At Pink Panther Album Listening Session
Tshego delivered some smooth vocals on the lush performance of No Ties, the first single from his looming Pink Panther album, which will premiere on Friday, August 30th. The singer took us through a few songs as he invited us into the soundscape of the long await project.