Pitch Black Afro producer ‘assaulted’, Ace Ncobo wanted for questioning

2013-10-20 14:00

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Ncobo claims Hlahla tried to run away when he demanded CDs from him 

Former PSL referee and general manager Ace Ncobo is wanted for questioning by police after he allegedly fouled a Joburg music producer in a one-sided match.

Ncobo allegedly assaulted Mpho Hlahla and took the master copy of Pitch Black Afro’s new hip-hop album from him on Thursday afternoon.

The master copy contained 12 tracks that Hlahla produced for the fading hip-hop/kwaito star.

But Ncobo denies assaulting Hlahla, and claims he is being subjected to extortion.

“I am shocked that he can now claim that he was assaulted!” Ncobo told City Press by email on Friday.

“The only physical contact (I had) with any part of his body was when I took the last CD from his hand. If that is the assault he is referring to, then I do not know the meaning of assault.”

Hlahla told City Press the drama started when Pitch Black asked him to produce a song about two months ago when he went to visit him at Ncobo’s home. Ncobo began helping the kwaito star after City Press reported that he was down and out.

Former PSL referee and manager Ace Ncobo.

Hlahla said he used his own equipment to record Pitch Black’s music because the musician’s equipment was of poor quality. After recording the first song, he ended up producing all 12 new tracks.

He then asked for R60 000 in payment as well as production royalties.

Ncobo said he received Hlahla’s invoice after he told him he’d managed to secure Pitch Black a gig to perform at the SA Traditional Music Awards.

“I replied, saying that not only was I shocked by the demand but that I was not in a position to discuss it as he was working with Pitch and not working for me,” said Ncobo.

He said Hlahla’s R60 000 bill amounted to extortion because before Hlahla started recording the album, he agreed that Pitch Black would pay him as soon as the album went on sale and he had the money.

Ncobo said he then arranged a formal meeting with his lawyer, where they agreed on an amount of R40 000, which Hlahla would be paid after the album was released.

He then paid Hlahla R10 000 on Pitch Black’s behalf and then another R4 000 for the mastering of the album.

But when Hlahla didn’t deliver the master copy, after demanding the rest of his cash, Ncobo laid a charge of theft against him.

Hlahla says he then went on Thursday to Rogan Studios in Fourways, where the copy was mastered, to fetch it.

“When I arrived there I found Ace and (a woman companion), Junior, Pitch Black and his wife Catherine in the driveway. I buzzed Rogan Studios and asked them to give me the master copy and they did,” he said.

But all hell broke loose, Hlahla claimed, when Ncobo tried to grab the CD from him.

“He charged at me and said, ‘What do you want to do? Why do you try to steal from a poor man?’” he said.

Hlahla said as he ran towards his car, Ncobo followed him and punched him to the ground.

“He then started kicking and punching me even though I was not fighting back.

“His (female companion) joined him and started kicking me,” he said.

Mpho Hlahla immediately after he was allegedly assaulted by former PSL referee and general manager Ace Ncobo.

But Ncobo tells a different story.

“I got out of the car and asked him to hand over my company’s property. That is when he did the unthinkable.

He sprinted up the road and left his car,” Ncobo said.

“After a moment of stunned shock, I gave chase and caught up with him as he rounded the corner ... He tried to make a sudden change in the direction to where we’d come from and fell on the tar. Three of the four CDs scattered away from him. As he was lying on the ground I took the last CD from his hand and walked back to my vehicle.”

Ncobo says he called the Douglasdale police and a patrol car was sent over, but Hlahla got back into his car and “sped away”.

Ncobo dismissed as “ludicrous” Hlahla’s claim that the woman he was with assaulted him.

“My lawyer ... was wearing a business suit and heels, and could not have run the 200m to where I caught up with him,” he said.

Ncobo says he has seen “the worst of the music industry” after simply trying to help a struggling artist. He also claims there’s a conspiracy afoot to ensure that Pitch Black’s new album is never released.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Balan Muthan confirmed that Hlahla had opened a case of assault and common robbery, which the police from Douglasdale, northern Joburg, are investigating.

Pitch Black Afro was not available for comment.

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