Gospel group Abathandwa have accused their former manager, Ayanda Ncwane, of exploiting them by not paying their royalties for their hit song ‘Moya Wami’.
The group claims that Ncwane, who managed them through Ncwane Communications, only gave them a plaque but did not provide them with a contract or inform them of the value of their music.
Abathandwa, who met Ncwane through her late husband, gospel star Sfiso Ncwane, allege that they have not received any royalties or payments for their music.
The lead singer, Percy Nyoka, stated that they had received only R300,000 in 2020 and that when they questioned Ncwane about their payments, she directed them to speak to the distributor directly.
Another member of the group, Manqoba Ngubane, claimed that Ncwane had been sabotaging their brand and conducting activities behind their backs to hinder their progress.
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Following their departure from Ncwane’s management, Abathandwa now operate under the name Abathandwa Musical Group (ATMG) and have signed with Dondolo Music Productions.
They have a new manager and recently released a new single titled ‘Mangisondele’.
Ayanda Ncwane had previously announced the amicable split between her and the group, stating that she was focusing on other business ventures.
She recently launched her YouTube channel, where she shares her experiences and expresses her dedication to serving God and his ministry.
A look inside Ayanda Ncwane's Prophetic Declarations. pic.twitter.com/WQQ0Ko1M9Y
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The allegations made by Abathandwa against Ayanda Ncwane have brought attention to the issue of artists’ rights and fair compensation within the music industry.