Yvonne Chaka Chaka Claims She Was Denied Credit for ‘Umqombothi’

Iconic musician Yvonne Chaka Chaka has accused producer Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala of failing to credit her for her contributions to the iconic song “Umqombothi.”

Released in 1987 as part of her album Thank You Mr DJ, the song was officially composed by Twala and producer Attie van Wyk. However, Chaka Chaka claims that she added significant elements to the song and has not received any royalties as a result.

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Uncredited Contributions

During an interview on Newzroom Afrika, Chaka Chaka elaborated on her role in creating “Umqombothi.”

Umqombothi was written by Chicco, but I added some elements to it. I added that Nawu! Nawu! Madoda and Everybody parts. I have never received a cent from that project,” she stated.

According to Zimoja, Yvonne Chaka Chaka expressed her frustration at being left out of the credits, stating that her lack of knowledge about the music industry at the time left her vulnerable to such oversights.

They didn’t credit me, and back then, I was young and clueless about the music industry. This is the first time I’m speaking out about this,” she added.

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No Direct Confrontation

Despite her dissatisfaction, Chaka Chaka revealed that she never confronted Twala about the issue.

Umqombothi made me who I am today, but I am hurt because I was never credited as the co-composer of the song.

“I was supposed to be credited as the co-composer of the song as some elements that I contributed to the song.”

Twala’s Response

When contacted for comment, Chicco Twala responded by highlighting the financial success Chaka Chaka gained from live performances of the song.

Yvonne earned millions out of live concerts, and the whole of Africa knows that, if not the whole world. Me and Attie, as the writers of the song, didn’t even make half a quarter of the money she made from that song. Performers make almost 90% of any hit that a songwriter makes,” Twala said.

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