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Kwesta Sues Major Telecoms Company.

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Popular South African rapper Kwesta and American rapper Wale, are reportedly fighting for what is theirs with network provider Telkom.

The ‘Ngyazifela Ngawe’ hitmaker, Wale’s record company Sheer Music and Bridge IP that represents producer Neo Makwa (aka Makwa Beats) have taken Telkom and two other companies to court over unpaid royalties for the hit song ‘Spirit’ which was used in Telkom’s prepaid advert.

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According to Sunday World, the two companies, Wunderman Marketing and Wunderman Thompson, as well as Telkom, reportedly owe R859 500 which was for using the song in the advert on radio, TV and Telkom’s YouTube channel for 20 months, and R702 000 in its Behind the Scenes short film which went viral on the internet.

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In all, a total royalties of R1.5-million is owed by the companies.

Also, the publication further reported that Wunderman Marketing and Wunderman Thompson were responsible for producing the “Prepaid Z’khipha More” advert for Telkom in May 2018 and used the song in a short film titled Behind the Scenes.

This advert ran from May 2018 to February 2020 without the authorisation of the Sheer Music, Bridge IP, Kwesta, Wale or Makwa.

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Due to that, Telkom, Wunderman Marketing and Wunderman Thompson infringed on the copyright of the song.

After Sunday World approached Telkom spokesperson Moeketsi Mocumi, he said the telecoms company was not in a position to comment because the matter is now before court.

“The matter between Sheer Music and Bridge IP against Wunderman is currently the subject of pending litigation. Telkom is aware of the claim as it has been cited as a defendant in the matter.” He explained to the publication.

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