Big Zulu Unpaid for ‘Paris’ Collab by Mthandeni ft Lwah Ndlunkulu
Big Zulu, the owner of Inkabi Records, recently expressed his frustration over not receiving payment from Mthandeni Manqele for the collaboration with his artist, Lwah Ndlunkulu.
In a recent interview with a publication, Big Zulu expressed regret for not ensuring that he would be compensated when Lwah Ndlunkulu collaborated on the popular track “Paris.”
Informal Agreement and Unexpected Success
Mthandeni and Lwah Ndlunkulu have known each other since their upbringing in Hlabisa, in northern KwaZulu-Natal.
During a conversation with Sunday World, Big Zulu revealed that there was no formal agreement in place between him and Mthandeni when he asked Lwah Ndlunkulu to feature on the song. Lwah Ndlunkulu is signed under the record label, and the unexpected success of the song caught Big Zulu off guard.
Many people believe that the song should have won the Ukhozi FM Song of the Year competition.
On December 7, the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA) awarded the duo with a certified platinum plaque for the single.
Big Zulu Speaks on Paris Success
Despite the song’s success, Big Zulu disclosed that he has not received any payment from Manqele for the hit song.
“Sometimes as artists we do each other favours for the sake of brotherhood and unity. Now it seems Mthandeni is not keen to work with Lwah Ndlunkulu again because of the runaway success of the song,” said the Imali Eningi hitmaker before adding, “What can we do? I am happy for Lwah Ndlunkulu anyway, because her rise and success reflects the hard work we put in behind the scenes at Nkabi Records.”
Lwah Ndlunkulu’s Explanation
In related news, Lwah Ndlunkulu explained her absence from the Paris Song of The Year celebration event in Mdletsheni, Hlabisa, over the weekend. Fans were disappointed by her no-show, and many questioned her absence on social media.
Addressing the queries, Lwah Ndlunkulu posted a video, stating that she tried calling Mthandeni multiple times but received no response. She noted that his phone was answered by dancers. She said:
“I see you are all breathing down my neck asking why I am not at Mdletsheni. To put you out of your misery, I called Mthandeni several times but he would not answer my calls. Instead, his phone was picked up by his dancers. So, I can’t just up and go to an event to perform for mahala [for free]. Remember [that] I am signed under Nkabi Records and there are protocols to be observed.”