Some SA artists won’t be paid for World Cup gig

The local artists who were only recently added to the line-up of

tonight’s Fifa Kick-off Concert, will apparently not be paid for performing at

the show.

According to sources who spoke to City Press, the artists were told

that there was no money because the organisers had budgeted for artists who had

originally been part of the line-up.

The local artists are Goldfish, Lira, Loyiso Bala, Kwani

Experience, Steadyrock, Tumi Molekane and 340ml.

One source said: “The organisers said that they were forced to add

more artists and that they did not have a budget to pay, so these artists will

perform without compensation.”

A second source

confirmed this to be the case.

Some of the

artists City Press spoke to said they were willing to perform because of the

prestigious nature of the concert and the exposure they would get.

Others refused to

comment, citing confidentiality.

The show will be broadcast to

millions of people around the world, but these artists will only perform before

the prime time slot, which will not be broadcast.

Kwaito star Arthur Mafokate said he sympathised with the local

artists, but believed that many musicians, if given the opportunity to perform

at the kickoff concert for no pay, would welcome the opportunity.

People’s poet Mzwakhe Mbuli said: “If it’s true that the artists

are not going to be paid while others will get paid, then this is

exploitation.”

The concert’s publicity officer, Penny Stein, and Fifa failed to

respond to queries from City Press.

 
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