Rapper Nasty C and his former record label Mabala Noise seem to have gotten themselves into a serious bind and have as a result, been ordered to pay R4.5-million in damages to Freeworld Music for breach of contract and unpaid services.
The rapper, who is now signed to Universal Music, has also been served with a cease and desist letter by his former management company with the instruction to terminate the use of the stage name: Nasty C because he does not own the naming rights.
Nasty C, real name: David Junior Ngcobo might soon have to revert to his birth name if he is not able to resolve this hurdle rather quickly.
Nasty C has seen recent successes adorned with nominations and awards that have gained him respect in the South African hip hop scene and put him on the map of the international stage.
We would definitely hate to see this talent go to waste because of disagreements that could be resolved by adults at a table.
This drama has been a long time coming following a 2018 application by Freeworld Music at the Johannesburg High Court, compelling Nasty C and Mabala Noise, a record label owned by ANC politician Reggie Nkabinde.
The same court papers show that Universal Music distanced itself from the dispute stating that it has no interest. However, in its responding letter, Universal Music’s lawyers, Rosin Wright Rosengarten Attorneys, said the relationship between Freeworld Music and Nasty C was terminated in 2017. “Our client will defend any legal proceedings that your client may elect to launch against it.”
Amidst all this it would seem Nasty C though is unmoved as he continues to use the name despite the order which is another breach?
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The fuming cast and crew members have also threatened to leave the multi-lingual sudser and sue Word of Mouth for breach of contract if their salaries are not paid pronto. A source, who didn’t want to be named for fear of victimization, said the entire cast and crew were not paid their October and November salaries. continue reading