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Hip-hop superstar and multi award-winning rapper Nsikayesizwe David Junior Ngcobo, known professionally as Nasty C and his former record label Mabala Noise are in a big legal battle with Freeworld Music
As they have been ordered to pay R4.5-million in damages to another record label Freeworld Music for breach of contract and unpaid services.
Nasty C is currently signed to Universal Music, has also been served a letter from court titled Cease and Desist, which instructs him to quit using his stage name Nasty C because he has no right to use it.
The case is currently being entertained at Johannesburg High Court after an application was filled by former record label Freeworld Music in 2018 against Nasty C and Mabala Noice Records.
Mabala Noise is said to be owned by ANC politician Reggito Nkabinde.
Filling the application, , Freeworld Music explained that the Hip Hop artist and Mabala Noise “mysteriously” dropped them despite the fact that, it was appointed in July 2016 as Nasty C’ Manager by Nkabinde.
Freeworld music claimed that it had signed three agreements with Nasty C and Mabala Noise in the past.
And they are entitled to 25% of all the revenue generated by Nasty C’s performance,deals,and earnings.
The Artist gets 50% from the share, while the Mabala Noise gets 25%.
Freeworld music further explained that Nasty C made bookings on his own with their knowledge.
In the court papers available to our reporter, Mabala Noise could not present a valid defence on the allegations.
The court thus ruled on a judgement against the record label and the artists.
The Sheriff of the court couldn’t serve the judgement on them because according to him, they have changed their address in fourways for the past 6months.
The court ruling compels Freeworld Music and its lawyers to serve the papers on Mabala Noise using its social media platforms.
To make the matter worse, Nasty C wnr his record label has been instructed to drop the stage name “Nasty C”.
In the letter of demand seen, the lawyers claimed that the name Nasty C belongs to the Freeworld Music as stated in the management agreement signed by both parties.
But the company has complained that despite serving the rappers all the necessary papers he has refused to drop the name.
The director of Freeworld Music Mr Zyne Marcus admitted that the company obtained an order from the court against Nasty C and Mabala Noise.
However he refused to make further comments on the case.
Meanwhile, Universal Music has distanced themselves from the embroilment .
Universal Music’s lawyers, Rosin Wright Rosengarten Attorneys, clearly stated that the relationship between Freeworld Music and Nasty C was terminated in 2017.
“Our client will defend any legal proceedings that your client may elect to launch against it,” reads the letter. Mabala Noise spokesperson Tumelo Moatshe said the record label was not aware of the judgment. “I spoke to Reggie Nkabinde and we have never received any documents or a court judgment,” said Moatshe.
“Freeworld Music knows the company’s address in Fourways and should serve the papers there” he ended.
We await further development on this case and bring you up to speed with every detailed information.