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HIP-HOP muso Molemo “Jub Jub” Maaro­hanye has been shout­ing Ndikhokhele at the top of his voice but the song hasn’t paid off.

The hit song, which was re­leased in 2006, re­ceived mas­sive air play in the past five years but hasn’t made money for the star.

A doc­u­ment in Sun­day World s pos­ses­sion that shows the pay­ment for all the tracks on that al­bum, in­di­cates Ndikhokhele is the only song that has not been paid for. This be­cause the song is in dis­pute.

Sun­day World un­der­stands Thato “T’do” Mahlatsi com­plained about re­ceiv­ing a low per­cent­age of roy­al­ties for re­ar­rang­ing the song.

He al­legedly ac­cused Jub Jub and the Jaziel Broth­ers of giv­ing each other higher per­cent­ages than him.

But T’do’s man­ager Von­gani Rikhotso says the dis­pute was re­solved.

“The roy­al­ties were stopped be­cause (gospel group) IPCC com­plained that the guys did not use the orig­i­nal hymn to rear­range the song, but copied their (IPCC’S) ver­sion of the hymn, ” says Rikhotso.

Mu­si­cians close to the sit­u­a­tion say other mu­si­cians who com­plained about the song in­clude Le­sego, who was al­legedly used in the song but was and not cred­ited for his in­put.

South African Mu­sic Rights (Samro) mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Kgomotso Mosenogi says they ini­ti­ated an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this mat­ter.

She says their records show that no dis­pute was lodged in re­la­tion to the song.

“Fur­ther­more, roy­al­ties have been paid to the reg­is­tered rights hold­ers of the song. Un­for­tu­nately, in or­der to pre­serve mem­ber con­fi­den­tial­ity we are pro­hib­ited from dis­clos­ing any fur­ther de­tails re­gard­ing these pay­ments,” says Mosenogi.

Se­nior copy­right ad­min­is­tra­tor at Sheer pub­lish­ing, Bon­gani Mathe­jwa, re­fuses to com­ment, say­ing the in­for­ma­tion should be re­leased by the artists them­selves.

“There’s a con­trac­tual agree­ment be­tween artists and pub­lish­ers which we are not go­ing to di­vulge,” says Ma­then­jwa.

Jub Jub could not be reached for com­ment. His phone rang with­out be­ing an­swered and he failed to respond to our SMSES.


Picture by Theo Jeptha

OUTTA POCKET: Jub Jub didn’t get a cent for his hit.

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