Mockingbird blues for gospel star
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I have withdrawn the charges against him and they paid us an amount I can t disclose as stipulated by the confidentiality clauses in the settlement, he said.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Nzimande has, as part of the deal, withdrawn the crimen injuria case he pressed against Lundi at the Johannesburg Central police station last month,” said the source.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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