Have you ever wondered which artists top the booking fee charts in South African music industry, or how much they charge to perform their craft?
Musicians booking fees’ stats hardly get published, but one could suspect that the industry heavyweights such as Black Coffee, Lira, Mafikizolo group and MiCasa band are the possible contenders to reach the top five spot – judging by their regular international gigs.
One of the current hottest groups that has been producing biggest songs in the country is Uhuru. Apparently, according to the source close to Kalawa Jazmee‘s group who spoke to Move! magazine, the award-winning foursome – made of Maphorisa (Themba Sekowe), Dj Clap (Sihle Dlalisa), Xelimpilo (Xelimpilo Semelane) and Mapiano (Nqobile Mahlanu) – are raking in an eye-watering R100 000 per gig.
Uhuru’s performance fee is more than what Zahara was earning when her debut single, Loliwe, was still a national hymn in 2012. The singer-songwriter and guitarist, whose real name is Bulelwa Mkutukana, 25, made headlines when her R75 000 booking fee was leaked to the public.
The leaked news received mixed reaction welcome from fans; some criticised the TS Record artist’s demands and labeled her price tag as too much for a South African musician – and others were on Zahara’s side and defended the then newly national treasure’s worth.
In response to the criticism, Zahara boldly echoed her defence team’s worthy statement.
“I don’t want to say if it’s true or not (whether I demand a lot of money) but so what if I am?
“I have worked hard and I believe that I am worth everything I get. We know of international artists who come here and get paid a lot of money, but that is never a big deal,” said the East London-born poet.
Still on Uhuru, the Y-tjukutja hitmaker is not the only group pocketing an astonishing amount of rands; the well-traveled Mafikizolo are believed to be charging R80 000 a gig – same performance fee as the Sama-award winning trio Micasa.
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