Mock­ing­bird blues for gospel star

Sunday World - - News - NG­WAKO MALATJI

GOSPEL S en­fant ter­ri­ble, Lundi Tya­mara, has added hun­dreds of thou­sands to his grow­ing al­bum of debts.

Sun­day World can re­veal that Ty­mara s new record la­bel, MNE Me­dia, owned by Steve Hlazo, has agreed to pay Tshepo Nz­i­mande s sta­ble, Zuz muz Mu­sic, a huge sum as part of the set­tle­ment agree­ment they reached last week.

Tya­mara and his ex-boss have been at each other s throats af­ter the singer s move to Hlazo s sta­ble be­fore his con­tract with Nz­i­mande had ended.

He recorded an al­bum with Hlazo s that was to have been re­leased last month, but Nz­i­mande in­ter­cepted it and re­leased it un­der his la­bel.

This in­censed Tya­mara, who then al­legedly threat­ened to kill him.

Nz­i­mande opened a case of in­tim­i­da­tion against Tya­mara, claim­ing the singer is ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing out his threats be­cause he is do­ing busi­ness with pow­er­ful people

But he con­firmed that he ap­proved Tya­mara s clear­ance af­ter they had reached an agree­ment.

It is true that the money from all the al­bums sold will come to us. They will de­stroy the rest of the stock as they want to print a new sleeve with a dif­fer­ent de­sign and ti­tle.

I have with­drawn the charges against him and they paid us an amount I can t dis­close as stip­u­lated by the con­fi­den­tial­ity clauses in the set­tle­ment, he said.

But in­stead of smil­ing to the bank, Nz­i­mande is sad that his com­pany lost a valu­able as­set.

It s like I sold my busi­ness to the other com­pany. But I wish Lundi good luck and hope that he will read his new con­tracts in the fu­ture be­fore sign­ing,” said Nz­i­mande.

Hlazo con­firmed the set­tle­ment agree­ment and said they would reti­tle the al­bum The New Tes­ti­mony.

We are not at lib­erty to dis­close the con­tents of the agree­ment, save to say Lundi is grate­ful to have worked with Tshepo,” said Hlazo.

Two in­de­pen­dent sources privy to the set­tle­ment de­tails said MNE Me­dia, which agreed to pay the money in two in­stal­ments, had paid 80% of the amount to Zuz muz Mu­sic, and was ex­pected to trans­fer the bal­ance to­mor­row.

Our first source, who did not want to be named, said Zuz muz Mu­sic, which re­leased the al­bum un­der the ti­tle Lundi and Friends, would pocket roy­al­ties from the sale of the 1 200 copies sold.

Nz­i­mande has, as part of the deal, with­drawn the crimen in­juria case he pressed against Lundi at the Jo­han­nes­burg Cen­tral po­lice sta­tion last month,” said the source.

An­other source said Hlazo con­ceded that Tya­mara had mis­led him into be­liev­ing that he was no longer con­tracted to Zuz muz Mu­sic when he signed with him.

This means more debts for Lundi. Re­mem­ber, MNE has con­sid­ered that amount of money as a loan to him, and will dock it from his roy­al­ties.

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