Johannesburg- Jazz legend and co-founder of Kalawa Jazmee, Don Laka, has taken his fight with radio to the next level, naming and shaming several artists for what he alleges is conflict of interest.
Don, who made headlines earlier this week with a Facebook rant on SA radio not appreciating local artists (more on that here), has found his voice suddenly silenced after discovering his Facebook account had been disabled without his permission.
The artist took to Twitter to share his discovery with fans.
I have been censored by FACEBOOK pic.twitter.com/yAk6saZ0MC— Donald Laka (@Don_Laka) 24 February 2016
Although it's unclear what exactly prompted the suspension, Don had only a few hours before the Facebook post sparked outrage.
In the since deleted post Don accuses local DJs Shimza, Oskido, Mo Flava, Christos, Naves, Malwela and Vinny Da Vinci of "fraud and conflict of interest."
He alleges that the artists are enriched by radio stations, which many of them work for, and together have formed a business within a business which monopolises the local playlist quota.
The post has sparked backlash from local artists, who have questioned Don's decision to name specific artists in his post.
With Respect. I COMPLETELY disagree with how @Don_Laka is calling people out publicly without ALL the facts. Not how grown folk a should act— Euphonik™? (@euphonik) 24 February 2016
I invite you to come observe our contribution to SA music with these platforms we were afforded sir @Don_Laka— Cadence Cartel (@LuloCafe) 24 February 2016
@Don_Laka I support the battle for SA music to take priority in our country but let's channel our energies in the right direction...as one— Cadence Cartel (@LuloCafe) 24 February 2016
@Don_Laka as you have taken the leadership in this battle....we want to feel that it's not directed at one entity or certain individuals— Cadence Cartel (@LuloCafe) 24 February 2016
@Don_Laka we have come this far....the quota is getting better...lets not turn on each other when we are close to the finish line— Cadence Cartel (@LuloCafe) 24 February 2016
The Juice has contacted DJ Shimza for comment, but have yet to receive a response.
@Don_Laka the people you have mentioned, from what I know, have contributed a big deal and have fought the battle for SA music take priority— Cadence Cartel (@LuloCafe) 24 February 2016