Afro-soul sensation, Nathi Mankayi, is currently the biggest selling artist in South Africa after his debut album Buyelekhaya sold over 100 000 copies – a milestone achievement by the country’s musical sales standard.
It is not surprising that the Eastern-born singer – who used to charge R25 000 to perform Nomvula, his chart-topping single that has captured the hearts of his country of birth – is now charging R100 000.
His booking fee tag revelation was made public by promoter and 999 Music record label boss, Arthur Mafokate, who billed the multi-platinum seller to perform at Free State event on Saturday, September 26.
According to the King of kwaito, soon after Buyelekhaya sold platinum, Mankayi’s management suddenly increased the performance fee to 4 times higher than the initial agreed fee.
Speaking to Sunday World, an unimpressed Mafokate said: “I’m sorry to say this but his management is using him as a puppet. When my booking team secured a booking with him they agreed on R25 000 and they later changed to R100 1000 after he sold platinum.”