Amapiano power couple Bizizi and Kaygee Daking are embroiled in a bitter battle with former Kwaito star Masheleni over alleged song theft.
So tense is the squabble that Masheleni, whose real name is Zakhele Nxumalo, has threatened to take the two, who are currently one of the most sought-after amapiano acts in the country, to the cleaners if they release a certain song without acknowledging him.
He claims it contains his beats. Nxumalo told City Press that he was working on a collaboration with the pair popularly known as Bizizi no Kaygee (real names Buhle Zizi and Kagiso Mashiane), when they allegedly dribbled him and scheduled the release of the song titled Umthandazo without including him.
“If they drop the song, then we will have to meet in court because I have said this many times to them, and Kaygee threatened to beat me up and said we must meet face to face,” Nxumalo said.
Masheleni alleged that the pair removed him from the song that was set to be released on Friday.
“They stole my song. I have been working with them since last year because, besides being an artist, I help with public relations.
“I thought we had a great long-term relationship. I went to their place to give them beats to a song that we were supposed to do as a feature,” Masheleni said.
“Bizizi downloaded the beats on a memory stick and said they were going to listen to them. Three days later, I asked them what the update was and they told me that they didn’t like the beats and they wanted to tweak them,” Nxumalo said.
The song was not released on Friday as scheduled and Bizizi no Kaygee later said in a social media post that the release had been pushed to August “due to protests and the lockdown”.
Mashiane told City Press: “There is no song that will be released. My problem is that he [Nxumalo] is trying to catch wave with our name. We are not releasing the song because the beats were sold to various people.” He then cut the call.
Nxumalo rejected this claim, instead counter-alleging that the duo had a history of knocking people they work with.
Insults flew between Nxumalo, Zizi and Mashiane on WhatsApp on Thursday after they could not reach an amicable agreement. In the chats, which City Press has seen, Mashiane admits to using Nxumalo’s beats before tempers soon reach boiling point as Mashiane dares Nxumalo to go ahead and expose him in the media for refusing to feature him.
“I’m wrong, you’re right, but my intention is not to create drama bro. I told Thomas [a producer] that we are no longer dropping the song ... Unfortunately it was already in production. You know we can’t [fight] over a beat ... It just happened that I was bored and recorded on that beat and Brown [another producer] liked it,” Mashiane says.
Zizi did not answer her phone when City Press called.