Their song was an international anthem. It had people all over the world dancing as one during a pandemic and they made it to the top spot in almost all playlists.
The remix of the song featuring Burna boy was #1 on the Billboard chart and other international charts. They raked in awards and in no time, the money was coming in.
And that's where the troubles seem to have started for Jerusalema artists Nomcebo Zikode and Master KG.
It all came to the forefront when songstress Nomcebo released a statement, saying she is in a legal battle with her record label, Open Mic Productions over money allegedly due to her for her contribution in the hit song Jerusalema.
Nomcebo said she had not been paid what was due to her despite the song's international success.
“I have not been paid a cent by the record label for #Jerusalema despite the songs global success. I have been ridiculed, with efforts to marginalise my contribution.
“I, as a female artist, can't stay silent anymore, the matter is now with my lawyers,” she continued.
Master KG has refuted the claims made by Nomcebo. He claims she wants more than what they had agreed on.
“Agreement of Jerusalema is 50/50 between me and Nomcebo but she wants 70% and I must get 30%,” he tweeted.
The Agreement Of Jerusalema Is 50/50 Between Me And Nomcebo But Wants 70% and I Must Get 30%— MASTER KG (@MasterKGsa) July 11, 2021
In a tweet he accused her of running to the papers after he started his solo Jerusalema tour.
“Last Year Nomcebo Started Jerusalema Tour Without Me And I Never Had A Problem And Few Weeks Back I Started My Tour And Then Nomcebo Went To The Media and Created a Story That I'm Leaving Her behind...I Dont Really Know Why Things Must Be Like This.”
Last Year Nomcebo Started Jerusalema Tour Without Me And I Never Had A Problem And Few Weeks Back I Started My Tour And Then Nomcebo Went To The Media and Created a Story That I'm Leaving Her behind...I Dont Really Know Why Things Must Be Like This pic.twitter.com/94G50TOrLF— MASTER KG (@MasterKGsa) July 11, 2021
Open Mic Productions released a statement and said neither artist has been paid royalties for the song as Nomcebo has not signed the featured artist agreement.
“We can confirm that during the creation of the song Master KG (main artist) and Nomcebo Zikode (the featured artist) agreed on sharing 50/50 of Master KG’s earnings. The featured artist agreement which reflected the equal split was drafted last year November for both parties to sign. Nomcebo Zikode through her legal team reviewed the contract and proposed a higher percentage.
“No payment has been made to either artist as yet because Nomcebo is yet to sign the featured artist agreement that essentially records what was agreed between herself and Master KG prior to both of them going into the studio."
Read the full statement here: