SA celebrities that experienced record label splits

Nasty C  (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Nasty C (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

For any artist to make it big in the music business they need a great record company to back them up and help them grow. 

Sadly, in this cut-throat industry not everyone has your best interests at heart and in most cases artists realise this only after they’ve carelessly signed heaps of contracts, leading to a dramatic exit from their record company.

Take a look at some of the most memorable record label splits:

Zahara and TS Records

From the streets of East London to becoming a big star, Zahara was first spotted by former TS Records co-owner Thembinkosi “TK” Nciza.

Although the company might have played a big role in her stardom, the Loliwe hitmaker was never impressed with the way TS Records was operated.

In December 2016 it was reported that Zahara had left the company and since then she’s independently released other great hits. However, early last year the singer reportedly was set to take legal action against TS Records, claiming she was underpaid for her work while still signed with the company.


If there’s one celebrity we’ve seen making the biggest blunder with a record company, it has to be Emtee – the rapper’s legal battle with Ambitiouz Entertainment played out right in front of our eyes, City Press reported.

In late 2019 the musician released a statement announcing his departure after his attorney helped him achieve a smooth transition from the company. 

KO’s record label Cashtime Life

At one point in the music industry, artists under KO’s record company brought the hip-hop scene to a standstill.

That was until word on the street suggested that KO is arrogant as a manager and artists started making their exit, with Nomuzi Mabena and Kid X distancing themselves from the label.

KO has since cleared the air on those rumours and is reportedly picking up where he left off and set to sign other artists under his label again.


Nasty C leaves Mabala noise

In 2016 Nasty C along with other great talents joined Mabala Noise and took the world by storm. However, just two years later the rapper plotted his way out and found himself a better home with Universal Music, continuing to thrive as an artist.

In late 2019 Nasty C found himself trending at number one after a management company (that worked with Mabala Entertainment) claimed they had rights to his name.

Well what’s happened to that, you ask? The company and Nasty C himself have seemingly remained mum on the matter, and his name remains unchanged.

Sources: Drum, City Press, Channel24






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