Melody mis­chief

Man­gal­iso’s mu­sic ca­reer is ru­ined by Bontle’s rev­e­la­tion.

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Man­gal­iso (Bon­gani Ma­sondo) is putting his wedding plans with his ex- con fi­ancée Lelo’s (Amanda du-Pont) on hold on Wed­nes­day 12 April when his name is dragged through the mud by his friend Bontle (Keamo­getswe Leburu). She ac­cuses the wannabe mu­si­cian of steal­ing her song and it catches Man­gal­iso by sur­prise. “He for­got that he heard it from Bontle a while ago and ac­tu­ally be­lieves that he came up with song,” says Bon­gani. “It wasn’t Man­gal­iso’s intention to steal the mu­sic, hon­estly!”

But Bontle’s not let­ting him get off with­out a fight. She asks Jazzy T (Karabo Mokhubela), her boyfriend who’s also Man­gal­iso’s best friend, to get her song back on Thurs­day 13 April. “She’s will­ing to go all out. Jazzy T knows that if this song blows up [on ra­dio], it could make Man­gal­iso very rich and they want a piece of the pie, be­cause it’s her pie!” ex­plains Bon­gani.


At first Man­gal­iso sticks with his story, that the track is his. But then on Fri­day 14 April, Jazzy T tells him that Bontle has the orig­i­nal ver­sion of the song and “Man­gal­iso is ter­ri­fied!” says Bon­gani. “It’s Bontle’s orig­i­nal com­po­si­tion and Man­gal­iso is scared that peo­ple will la­bel him a thief. There’s noth­ing that he can do to stop her from com­ing for­ward with this.”

Lelo steps in to do dam­age con­trol and clear her love’s name on Tues­day 18 April but it’s al­ready too late de­spite her best ef­forts. The word is out that Man­gal­iso is us­ing stolen mu­sic and jour­nal­ists start phon­ing the singer non-stop. “This stresses him. It’s not only his ca­reer on the line but also his friend­ship with Jazzy T that’s at stake here,” Bon­gani adds.


Things go from bad to worse for the trou­bled muso on Wed­nes­day 19 April when news of his dis­hon­esty re­ally hits home. “Ev­ery­one in the in­dus­try starts ques­tion­ing Man­gal­iso’s cred­i­bil­ity,” says Bon­gani. “That leads to them ques­tion­ing the work he’s done in the past, work that re­ally was his.” Man­gal­iso’s des­per­ate to fix this mess on Fri­day 21 April, es­pe­cially with Lelo who’s dis­ap­pointed be­cause she feels that he’s ru­ined their lives. They were go­ing to marry but they must clear his name first. “Wedding plans are a touchy sub­ject,” Bon­gani hints.

Man­gal­iso and Lelo (left) don’t know what to say as Bontle and Jazzy T state their case.

Lelo (left) tries to fix things but Bontle’s hav­ing none of it.

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