Maskandi artist accused of allegedly stealing The Soil's song

By Drum Digital
11 January 2016

Maskandi artist Mjikijelwa Ngubane may have blown maskandi lovers with his Mkhululi Ngiyahamba track but according to Sunday Sun, the singer may have copyrighted The Soil's song without their permission and now the group is allegedly taking it the legal way.

The song was reportedly voted in Ukhozi FM’s Best Top 10 Maskandi songs on New Year’s Eve and it seems to be moving off the shelves.

Sipho Sithole, The Soil's manager told the paper that re-recording the song is not an issue but for an artist to claim to be the composer of the song is unethical and bordering on theft and fraud.

“The song was composed by The Soil, therefore the The Soil, as composers, will earn both performance royalties and mechanical royalties,” he said.

Mjikijelwa also known as “Ichalaha Likashafuza” told the paper that he took the song from The Soil and changed it to maskandi, as he is a fan of the acapella group.

“I took the song as I’m a fan of The Soil and they’re my role models,” he said.

Sipho concluded to say that they’ll be approaching the Southern African Music Rights Organisation and the Composers, Authors and Publishers Association for them to change composition details to The Soil so that Mjikijelwa won’t benefit anything from the song.

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