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Record group demands apology from Makhadzi


IT APPEARS that the spat between Open Mic Production­s and Makhadzi is far from over as both parties continue to make attention-grabbing revelation­s.

A week ago, South Africa rallied behind Ndivhudzan­nyi “Makhadzi” Ralivhona after she said that she was exploited by her record company.

The Ghanama hitmaker is embroiled in an “auto-renewal” contract saga which the production company later explained.

In legal documents doing the rounds on social media, Open Mic Production­s said the claims made by Makhadzi were false and defamatory, and demanded an apology.

“Your client alleges that she is or was being treated like a ‘slave’ and was not paid a single cent.

“These allegation­s are patently false and defamatory.”

The production company further disclosed that all payments were made to Makhadzi.

“We annex hereto a schedule of some of the payments advanced by our client to yours, totalling an amount of R7 956 084.86 as well as a further payment of R300 000 made by our client to TW Property under the reference ‘Makhadzi House Deposit as annexures A & B’, respective­ly.

“In light of the above, our client hereby demands an apology and retraction of the aforesaid false, harmful, and defamatory statements, which must be also published through your client’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.”

Makhadzi said on social media that she had never received a cent from her album sales.

“I signed with Open Mic only for three years. In these three years, I dropped four albums. I have never received any cent of my sales.

“Some of my albums reached platinum some gold. And a lot of hit songs that reached platinum and gold. But I continue to work without complainin­g.”

In a letter shared by Makhadzi, Open Mic Production­s explained the nature of the contract signed, revealing that it was an auto-renewal agreement.

“We as Open Mic Production­s (the management) are pleased to inform you that we are hereby renewing or extending the contract period for an additional period of three years with effect from March 9, 2023, in terms of clause 6.3 of the management agreement entered into between yourself and Open Mic Production­s (Pty) Ltd from March 10, 2020,” the letter read.

In spite of the record company’s demand, Makhadzi has not yet issued a public apology.

Makhadzi also said that Open Mic Production­s would no longer represent her in terms of performanc­e bookings and other related matters.

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