SPINNERS artist raises concerns of SA industry royalty mess

An artist featured on Showmax‘s SPINNERS has raised concerns of an SA industry royalty mess.

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Rapper Isaac Mutant is amongst artists who say they haven’t received fair pay The soundtrack features 31 tracks, including ones by Mutant, Angie Oeh, and HemelBesem.

A Facebook post exposes a larger problem in South Africa’s music industry: the possible exploitation of its acclaimed artists.

Here’s more about SPINNERS and the royalty mess.

SPINNERS artist raises concerns of SA industry royalty mess

An artist featured on the SPINNERS soundtrack has raised concerns on Facebook.

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Angie Oeh, HemelBesem, and Isaac Mutant are three artists whose music are used in the 31-song soundtrack. According to Mutant’s post, each track was paid R8, 000 – but he only received R3, 900 in royalties even though several songs were used.

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The post asks, “How much money did they make on Spinners?”

A larger industry problem raises itself. Are royalties being fair?

It raises a larger industry problem. Where’s the money?

SPINNERS: More about the soundtrack

SPINNERS is a story about lives of crime and gang wars, set against the backdrop of South African alternative music.

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DJ Ready D curated the soundtrack. Isaac Mutant and rap artist Angie Oeh are two of several included artists.

SPINNERS raises greater concerns

SPINNERS and its royalty mess appears like an isolated incident, but might not be.

Umkhokha: The Curse makes a similar claim: The show is now part of a dispute that’s worth at least R3 million. In 2022, Babes claimed that Mampintsha ‘stole royalties’, as reported by The South African website.

Rodriguez waited for payment until his eighties.

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