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Blaq Diamond, Kabza Amongst the Most Pirated Artists During Lockdown

Piracy of South African music surges during Lockdown

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With the nationwide lockdown having entered its fourth week, the South African music industry has seen a surge in the piracy of local music.

While there are more consumers streaming and purchasing local content during the social distancing, many of them are accessing music using illegal means, QuenchSA has learned.

In a press statement issued by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA), there’s a clear indication that some of the best performing South African artists will not be losing out on revenue due to their work being downloaded illegally.

According to RiSA, these popular songs are the most pirated songs right now;

  • eMcimbini by Kabza de Small;
  • Love Letter by Blaq Diamond
  • Tender Love by Sha Sha featuring DJ Maphorisa
  • Love You Tonight by MFR Souls
  • You’re The One by Elaine,
  • SAD by Jethro Tait
  • Jerusalem by master KG  and Nomcebo
  • The Box by Roddy Rich

The viral circulation of Joyous Celebration’s music on Whatsapp has also proven to be a big issue. The gospel ensemble’s latest album, 24, is being heavily pirated as their songs are being circulated on the chat messenger.

The statistics have indicated that the songs that were legally downloaded the most in the period preceding the lockdown (a mean average of 8 170 songs per week, using a list of top 40 high priority titles) have taken a knock (down to 7 221).

As a means to condemn piracy, RiSA has urged South African music consumers to turn to legitimate platforms to access music in a manner that will also benefit not only the artists, but the South African music industry as well.

Says Nhlanhla Sibisi, the CEO at RiSA; “This is our desperate plea to the music loving public to refrain from piracy and do the right thing by accessing music from legitimate sources. The message has been sent out for many years, that piracy robs musicians out of what should be their hard earned money.

“We ask music lovers to support real talent. Musicians make a living from sales of their music and keeping piracy alive will only result in an impoverished music scene. We understand that the current lockdown in the country has left many in need of entertainment, but let’s support our artists the right way and not commit a criminal offence.”

South African can turn to these platforms to access their favourite music:

  • Vodacom My Muze has different packages available including a weekly recurring tier that gives access to three full track download credits.
  • Joox has a VIP package of R89.99 as well as advertiser-funded free access.
  • Tidal costs R120 a month.
  • Apple Music and Deezer provide a broad catalogue from R59.99 a month.
  • Spotify costs R59.99 a month and they have advertiser-funded free packages.
  • Google Play Music goes for R49.99 a month.
  • Simfy Africa is at R25 a month.
  • You Tube Music has premium package starting from R71.99 as well as advertiser-funded free access.

Discover New Music, Exclusive Interviews and Album Reviews on QuenchSA.com!

 

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!

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Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.

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They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.

 

It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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