RADIO MUSIC COMPILERS ACCUSED OF TAKING BRIBES
Written by: Samkele Sokhela
Struggling upcoming artists have accused radio music compilers of asking for bribes every time they submit songs on radio stations.
Artists have said that even though a majority of them are talented and have been doing music for many years, the issue of them paying radio stations for air-play is still a matter that needs to be addressed.
Poet Thembani Masuku has been doing poetry for eight years.
He expressed that they have to pay money for their music to be playlisted on radio stations, which distracts and demotivates them.
“It becomes hard for me to give my all, specifically when I am writing a song. Because at times I talk to myself like, what’s the point of coming up with deep lines because the message I am trying to send won’t reach the masses of people who are listening to radio?” questioned Masuku.
He added that during radio stations’ music shows, radio deejays ask for them to send their songs but every time they do, they never get feedback.
“We always send our music but they never reply. There was one time when I went to one of the radio stations and when I asked about my demo which I had sent a month before, they completely ignored me,” added Masuku who refused to mention the station’s name.
Another artist, who did not want his name to be mentioned, said that he once payed a local radio station and after doing so, he was given an all-clear to visit the station anytime he wants.
“I did pay. I had no choice because I wanted my music to be out there and be heard as an artist,” he said.
However, Zanda Mthembu a radio music compiler of Ukhozi FM’s Inamba namba hip hop show denied these allegations during the recent Youth Hip Hop Festival conference, held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
“We are aware of those accusations and to be honest, it hurts to hear people accusing you of such. But there’s nothing we can do about it. There’s no solution towards this because I mean, these allegations existed a long time ago before we even became radio compilers,” said Mthembu.
Now that the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has implemented the 90 percent local music policy, it remains to be seen whether such allegations will continue.
* Ukhozi FM radio music compiler, Zanda Mthembu, during the Youth Hip Hop Festival Conference at Moses Mabhida on Thursday.