Sbusiso Leope, better known as DJ Sbu, has broken his silence following the death of Zahara.
The co-founder of TS Records and visionary behind the discovery of the musician has come under fire since Monday, following news of the 36-year-old’s sudden death.
Since her passing, the singer’s claims about alleged unpaid royalties from the record label, worth millions, have resurfaced online.
Social media users have had mixed reactions, with some people blaming DJ Sbu for Zahara’s fall from grace.
The entertainment is brutal for the artist in most cases. Most of them live depressed lives & suffer tragic deaths. It’s sad that huge amounts of money is generated because of their passing & it goes to the record labels not their families.#Zahara#RipZahara#djsbu pic.twitter.com/cuaIvAxJLf
— IRON FIST BATTLE TRACKS (@IronFistBattleT) December 12, 2023
If you’re working at Shoprite and you sign a contract that says you gonna get paid R5K a month
Just bcz Shoprite is making Millions through ur hard work that doesn’t mean Shoprites owe you
You signed the contract… and you agreed.
let’s put some respect on DJ Sbu. pic.twitter.com/qlZvYnle5A
— ChrisExcel (@ChrisExcel102) December 12, 2023
Speaking with the public broadcaster, DJ Sbu has acknowledged the anger towards him following the singer’s death.
He’s told fans he shares in their grief.
Meanwhile, Arts and Culture Minister Zizi Kodwa says he’s challenged the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) to protect the well-being and livelihoods of creatives.
Kodwa says Zahara was a generational talent gone too soon.
She died earlier this week after suffering liver complications.
Friends and industry colleagues have gathered at the Rhema Bible Church today to pay tribute.
She will be buried in the Eastern Cape next weekend.
Written by: Naomi Kobbie