Kelly Khumalo’s manager has accused the director of the upcoming music festival, Tribute To Women, of using dirty tactics to get back at the award-winning artist following her decision to not renew her contract with Sheer Music.
Khothatso Tsotetsi’s remarks come just days after the organisers of the festival announced that they had dropped the songstress from their line-up due to safety and security concerns.
In a statement, the organisers said they wanted Khumalo to focus on the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, where she is expected to testify.
Their assertions came after evidence in the trial linked Khumalo to one of the suspects.
The singer’s manager has, however, rubbished the reasoning, saying it’s just a smear campaign that has nothing to do with the Meyiwa case.
Khothatso Tsotetsi alleges that the director behind the Tribute to Woman concert, Joe Chakela, works for Sheer Music, which is the publishing company Khumalo and Universal Music Publishing have just won a legal battle against.
Tsotesti claims that Sheer Music tried to hang on to Kelly even after her contract with them had expired.
Kelly’s manager is accusing the Tribute To Women festival organisers of trying to use Khumalo to sell tickets, saying they had not even fully paid her.
Concert director, Joe Chakela, has rejected the claims levelled against Sheer Music.