It’s no secret that the music industry is a dog-eat-dog world where the motto is ‘survival of the fittest.’ Many artists suffer in silence till they reach a breaking point where they vent but that usually puts their careers on the line. Making it difficult for more artists to speak up. Which is why certain artists who speak their truth often get praised because others gain the courage to do so.
Mlindo The Vocalist is on the verge of a tell-all which will see him exposing the “greedy” people in the music industry. After his cryptic tweets many though that he was referring to DJ Maphorisa’s BlaqBoy Records company which he is signed under.
Two days ago, he hinted at having a very big story to tell, “I want to tell you guys a story…I’ve always wanted to talk but I just thought otherwise.”
In response to his tweets, he reminisced about the time he first went to Johannesburg to kick start his career, but judging by his tone, it was not a very good experience. An emotional Mlindo admitted that whatever happened to him is very painful but is hopeful that it will pass.
“Khona Into eng’ hluphayo lento Ingidla Ngaphakhathi (there is something that is troubling my spirit and it is eating me up inside.)
The musician currently has a song out with Nathi titled Imali and many people are assuming that he is pulling off a publicity stunt in order to get the song to trend.
So much Greed in this industry 😭
— MlindoTheVocalist (@MlindoRSA) December 16, 2020
However, the many instances that occurred where certain artists such as Emtee, Makhadzi and TNS, just to name a few, spoke out about the injustices they faced, makes it impossible for us to ignore Mlindo’s cry and downgrade it to a mere publicity stunt.
For starters we have Emtee who exposed his former record label Ambitiouz Entertainment who had robbed him off his royalties and awards. The Manado hitmaker claims that the founder Kgosi Mahumapelo has dragged his name through the mud and ruined his image.
“Right now everyone thinks of me as a drug addict and it’s because of his company. I left the company and now suddenly I’m a drug addict? I’d like to think of myself as a gospel rapper because I motivate youngsters, but all of a sudden I’m a drug addict.
“This is all his work because I finally saw the light and left the label. My name has been dragged through the mud and I’m tired. I’m challenging him to a match and the winner will get the money, trophy and a public apology” he told DailySun.
Then we have Makhadzi whose heart is bleeding because her former manager had done her dirty,”The only thing I did was to ask my money from my ex manager for my previous album Matrokisi ,and money for my royalties. What she did was to claim my money and delete all video from YouTube including Riyavenda (which has) 10 million views and Matroksi, 8 million views. I didn’t get a cent from my album.”
All these artists and more have lamented their struggles and we hope many others come out so the younger artists gain the courage to expose these vultures.