South Africa witnessed yet another series of alleged record label exploitation of artists, as Intaba Yase Dubai announced his exit from Ambitious Entertainment.
Following what seemed to be a challenging contractual agreement, musical artist Intaba Yase Dubai announced his departure from the label and is embarking on a new journey with his label called 3.7 entertainment.
Lindokuhle Msomi, popularly known for his 2020 hit song with Big Zulu titled iMali Eningi, has taken to his social media platforms to announce that he is parting ways with the record label, Ambitious Ent.
He wrote, “I would like to announce that m and Ambitiouz Entertainment have parted ways. I will forever be grateful for the opportunity and platform they gave me when no one did.”
“Like I said before I am not fighting anyone or Ambitiouz, I don’t like uncertainty. I almost gave up on music because I was not paid what I deserve and what I worked hard for”.
Intaba Yase Dubai announces that he has part ways with Ambitiouz Ent and will continue to release beautiful music under his own record label 3.7 Entertainment pic.twitter.com/LlZztrRXBh
— S.A Hip Hop (@SA_HipHop_ZA) April 30, 2022
This is after a public dispute regarding royalties, which resulted in him announcing his retirement from the music business because he is tired of being mistreated.
Featured artist Big Zulu also weighed in on the debacle and share his side of the story, stating that his company had paid all that was due of the agreed-upon royalties.
Ambitious Entertainment also came out to claim that they had paid their artist and went on to produce invoices of that payment on social media, however, Msomi said that he was only paid R 3 700 each month.
The record label, which is owned by Kgosi Mahumapelo, has been around for five.
It has produced some of the biggest award-winning artists the music industry has ever seen. The likes of Emtee, Sjava, and A-Reece.
However, in recent years, the company has been plagued by controversy.
This is the form of disputes with artists over alleged exploitation, leading to many of them unpleasantly exiting the lab.
One such example can be seen from the exit of BET award-winning artist Sjava, who shared a statement on his Twitter account announcing his split from the label.
Good evening pic.twitter.com/CAvJiDl0Pf
— Sjava indlalifa (@Sjava_atm) May 26, 2020
Most artists have since opened up about their rocky relationship with the label, and their reasons to leave.
The list does not end there, artists like Fifi Cooper, B3nchmarq, Amanda Black, Priddy Ugly, Gigi Lamayne, as well as Saudi also walked away from the label.