Released in November 2020, Big Zulu’s hit song Imali Eningi rose to become one of the biggest songs in the country. The song, featuring late rapper Riky Rick and Ambitiouz Entertainment signee Intaba Yase Dubai, achieved over 20 million streams.
Taking to Facebook on Friday 15 April, Intaba Yase Dubai claimed that he was never paid for featuring on the song. In another Facebook post, the singer claimed his record company pays him R3 700 a month.
INTABA YASE DUBAI CLAIMS HE WAS NOT PAID FOR ‘MALI ENINGI’
On 15 April, local muso Lindokuhle Msomi, popularly known as Intaba Yase Dubai, claimed that although IMali Eningi has achieved incredible success, he is yet to receive royalties from the song.
“I’m broke,” claimed the 26-year-old artist.
In a lengthy Facebook on Sunday 17 April, Intaba Yase Dubai claimed he receives R3 700 a month from his record label, Ambitiouz Entertainment.
“I need money so that my family can have something to eat, also the money I receive when I’m booked… I’m also not happy with it but its a story for another day for now I was just raising a point or a fact that as much as I have worked hard that doesn’t mean I’m appreciated the same,” he wrote.
The muso further claimed he was quitting music.
BIG ZULU’S INKABI RECORDS SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT
In a statement posted on Saturday 16 April, Big Zulu’s Inkabi Records said the royalties relating to Intaba Yase Dubai’s share from Imali Eningi had been paid directly to Ambitiouz Entertainment by distribution company, Electromode Ingrooves.
“We have never had Intaba Yase Dubai’s share paid directly to Inkabi Records. The money is split by Electromode and paid directly to each label,” continued the statement.
“We welcome Ambitiouz to run an audit with Electromode if they so wish to.”
AMBITIOUZ ENTERTAINMENT REJECTS NON-PAYMENT CLAIMS
Taking to Twitter on Saturday 16 April, Ambitiouz Entertainment denied the KwaZulu-Natal-born muso’s claims about non-payment.
“Ambitiouz Entertainment received the first royalty statement a year after the song was released from Inkabi Records and a total payment of R94 527, 31,” wrote the record label.
“Ambitiouz Entertainment have fulfilled its obligations and paid Intaba Yase Dubai his portion of the proceeds received from Inkabi Records as per the existing artist agreement.”