BULA Music closes

By Drum Digital
16 September 2014

After years of rumours of a financial crisis, BULA Music finally closes its doors

Once a force to be reckoned with and an industry leader in its own right, BULA Music has decided to close its doors. DRUM can reveal that the record company retrenched its last and only employee, a Marketing and Admin Assistant, on close of business on the 15th of September 2014. According to our source, the employee was let go with an option to either serve her 30 days notice or not come back.

“Closing down is the wrong way of putting it,” says BULA co-founder Harvey Roberts when asked if they indeed closed shop. “The company was acquired by Gallo,” he explains. Roberts further indicated that he will be assisting with the handover transition and will no longer be involved any further.

BULA which prided itself for being specialists in gospel and jazz and used to have artists like Boom Shaka in its stable also in the past experienced a string of bad publicity. After their Marketing Director Tshepo Nzimande quit only to start his own label, rumours of the label facing a serious financial crisis followed. To add to their woes, reports surfaced of them being involved in fights over money with their artists like gospel stars Lundi Tyamara and Sechaba, as well as maskandi artists, Shwi noMtekhala, Ihashi Elimhlope – who later left.

When asked which artist if any are moving to Gallo as part of the acquisition, Robert was quick to dismiss DRUM.  It remains unclear whether Thokozani Langu and Moneoa were still part of BULA, and all efforts to get an answer regarding the artists from Roberts proved fruitless.

- KOKETSO MASHIKA

twitter: @KoketsoMashika

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