Sunday World - - News - NGWAKO MALATJI

FOR­MER box­ing hero Ja­cob “Baby Jake” Mat­lala and his wife Ma­pule’s bid to keep the wolf from their mat­ri­mo­nial door has been TKOED.

This comes af­ter Univer­sal Mu­sic/emi al­legedly shelved the dis­tri­bu­tion of their DVD/CD combo, re­leased by the cou­ple last year in a des­per­ate at­tempt to ex­tri­cate them­selves from poverty.

The cou­ple signed the li­cens­ing agree­ment with the record com­pany to mar­ket and dis­trib­ute the combo. The DVD com­prises Mat­lala ’ s best fights while the al­bum ti­tled Mam­pudu con­tains jazz/gospel songs by Ma­pule.

Speak­ing to Sun­day World, Ma­pule con­firms that she and her hus­band re­leased the combo in a bid to put food on the ta­ble.

Ma­pule says she and her hus­band sent the al­bum and DVD to Univer­sal for mar­ket­ing and dis­tri­bu­tion last year but were dis­ap­pointed to learn that it had not been dis­trib­uted.

“Sadly they did not dis­trib­ute it. We de­pended on the sales of the al­bum and DVD for our sur­vival,” says Ma­pule.

Mat­lala fell ill with dou­ble pneu­mo­nia last year and was hos­pi­talised at a Gaut­eng pri­vate hospi­tal.

That the fam­ily was in Chap­ter 11 be­came known when the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned boxer didn’t have med­i­cal aid or suf­fi­cient funds to cover his med­i­cal bills.

Mat­lala, who has since been dis­charged from hospi­tal, is now con­va­lesc­ing at his Winch­ester Hills home un­der the care of his wife.

Golden Gloves box­ing pro­moter Rod­ney Ber­man ar­ranged a box­ing show­piece “The Night of the Lit­tle Big Man” at which he raised funds for the strug­gling boxer.

But it seems the money was not enough to cover the fam­ily’s bills and the cou­ple de­cided to com­pile the DVD and a 10-track al­bum.

It seems that Univer­sal didn’t want to in­vest money in the combo be­cause of its tawdry and pedes­trian pro­duc­tion.

Speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity, a mu­si­cian signed to Univer­sal says the com­pany’s man­darins expressed their un­hap­pi­ness with the wonky con­tent and were reluc­tant to in­vest in it.

“She went to CCP Records and asked them to dis­trib­ute and mar­ket it, but they also re­jected it,” he says.

Ma­pule con­firms she tried to clinch a dis­tri­bu­tion and mar­ket­ing deal with CCP Records but they re­jected the pro­duc­tion.

“They said they have too many artists.

“But I’m look­ing for a job at the mo­ment.

“I’m happy that I’ve re­leased this al­bum.

“It cel­e­brates the life of my hus­band,” she says.

Univer­sal spokesper­son Thabiso Pheko de­clined to com­ment and re­ferred us to their ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Lin­de­lani Mkhize.

Mkhize had not re­turned our calls or re­sponded to mes­sages at the time of go­ing to press.

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