More artists pulling out of Cultural Festival

2015-07-31 11:37

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Award winning artists The Soil, Busi, Dr Malinga and Professor may not perform at the Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival this weekend, as monies have not yet been paid to the artists by the promoters of the festival.

Native Rhythms Productions Media Liaison, Vanessa (she did not want to give her surname), who was speaking on behalf of her manager Ayanda Sithole, said The Soil had not received any payment for the festival and there has been no word from the organisers on when the payment would be made.

“The group has been calling us to find out what is the delay and we don’t have any answers for them. Our accounting team has tried on several occasion to contact the promoters, but they don’t answer their phones or respond to e-mails. So far, no payment has been made for accommodation, flights, or payment to the artists. We are lost because they are silent. Unfortunately The Soil won’t be coming to Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Vanessa.

More artists could cancel

Ringo Madlingozi’s manager, Daniel Mafulwane said he would talk to the PE Express again after 15:00 today, when he can confirm whether or not his client would be able to perform at the festival.

Arthur "Scotch" Maphenga, who manages Busi, Dr Malinga and Professor, said although promoters had paid for his client's flights and accommodation, the promoters had not yet paid the balance.

“Maybe we may start complaining later in the afternoon, we hope we won’t be speaking a different story this afternoon. For now they are (still) coming, but if the balance is not paid by then we will unfortunately not be able to come.”

Scotch said the festival promoters had not met the deadline. “We usually get paid the balance seven days before the concert but I give people a grace period when they have not met the deadline. At 15:00 today, that grace period will have lapsed,” Scotch said.

Award winners Zonke and Thandiswa Mazwai could not be reached for comment.

- Organisers of the festival will host a media briefing at 13:15 today. "The Main Festival on Saturday, 1 August continues as planned at the St George's Cricket Grounds. We shall post the way forward in this regard immediately after the briefing," they said in a statement on their Facebook page.

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