Cross­over song fi­asco rages as artists’ body calls for freeze on prizes

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Meta Mphahlele and Boi­tumelo Kgob­otlo [email protected]­day­

The Tho­bela FM 2018 SABC Sum­mer Song of the Year fi­asco is far from over.

Lim­popo Artist Move­ment (LAM) wrote a let­ter to the com­pe­ti­tion’s founder, Owen Ndlovu, this week and asked him to freeze the prizes worth R250,000 un­til all in­ves­ti­ga­tions were com­pleted.

The win­ner of the cross­over song, Skele­ton Move, Mas­ter KG, was sup­posed to re­ceive a R150,000 Kia Pi­canto and a R100,000 cash prize next month.

Tho­bela FM en­dured pub­lic back­lash since Jan­uary 1 af­ter the sta­tion’s two DJs, Mak­wena “Kwenisto” Mak­gaga and Alpheus “DJ Boeli” Mailula, de­clared Skele­ton Move the win­ner be­fore an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment was made.

Skele­ton Move took the num­ber one spot on the sta­tion with 160,000 votes fol­lowed by King Mon­ada’s Mal­wedhe with 151,000 votes. In third po­si­tion was Banomoya by Prince Kay­bee with 61 votes.

But Tho­bela FM lis­ten­ers be­lieve Mon­ada de­served to win.

Mal­wedhe was num­ber one on Motswed­ing FM and Skele­ton Move was top on Tho­bela FM.

The SABC has sus­pended the two DJs pend­ing the out­come of an in­ter­nal in­quiry.

LAM chair­per­son Mphoza Masha­bela said: “We want Tho­bela FM to ex­plain how it se­lected its top 10. Tho­bela FM stole King Mon­ada’s dream.

“We’re re­ceiv­ing com­plaints from Lim­popo res­i­dents ask­ing why Tho­bela is fail­ing them. Most of them said they voted for King Mon­ada and the song was a na­tional an­them. SABC DJs should not be tak­ing sides. It is against pol­icy.”

Ndlovu con­firmed re­ceipt of the let­ter from LAM and said they will meet the or­gan­i­sa­tion and the SABC.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we can’t con­firm that the prizes will be frozen as re­quested. We’ll wait for a meet­ing with the SABC for a di­rec­tive,” he said.

SABC spokesper­son Neo Momodu said: “The SABC has not re­ceived com­mu­ni­ca­tion from any party re­lat­ing to the freez­ing of prizes...

“How­ever, fol­low­ing com­plaints, the SABC has de­cided to in­sti­tute an in­ter­nal foren­sic in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

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