“Jerusalema” star not paid for global hit

“Jerusalema” gave rise to a global dance challenge

Nomcebo, the South African artist who lent her voice to the global hit “Jerusalema” by Open Mic productions says she has not been paid since the song’s release.

The song gave rise to a viral global challenge that even Kenyan Members of Parliament participated in.

Sharing a statement on social media, the South African said, “Thank you to all the fans of “Jerusalema”, you have made my dreams a reality, with attaining a global hit song. My voice and lyrics have transcended globally, but I still await what is due to me.”

She also thanked her fans and said that their continued support has been her anchor during this difficult time.

“I have not been paid a cent by the label for ‘Jerusalema’ despite the song’s global success. I have been ridiculed, with efforts to marginalise my contribution,” She added.

However, in a statement shared by Open Mic productions, the latter said that no payment had been made to either party because Nomcebo was yet to sign the agreement.

“No payment has been made to either artiste as yet because Nomcebo Zikode is yet to sign the featured artiste agreement that essentially records what was agreed between herself and Master KG prior to the both of them going into the studio to record ‘Jerusalema’,” the statement said.

The production company concluded by saying that payments would be made once the agreement was finalised.

The song currently has 421,600,268 views on YouTube.


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