South African music is making plenty of moves – and not just of the musical kind

We’re not just talking about the fact that we’re seeing more hits from top artists than ever before, but there’s also plenty more drama making tabloid news on a regular basis.

Just when you think one scandal is over, South African musicians will surprise you by dropping another bit of tabloid-worthy news either on social media or in real life. Here are some of the biggest scandals we’ve seen in the last 12 months of South African music:

Black Coffee slapping AKA’s manager

Black Coffee and AKA’s altercation was one of 2016’s biggest biggest talking topics. Luckily the two made up soon afterwards.

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Mabala Noise part 1

Mabala Noise announced itself to South Africa in grand style. It signed several high-profile artists who were immediately reported to have taken big bumper deals. Where was the money coming from?

Mabala Noise part 2 – Julius Malema

Julius Malema certainly made a noise when he publicly accused Mabala Noise of siphoning government and taxpayer money to fund the new record label.


Lira’s ex-drummer went on a rampage when he decided he had had enough. Joshua Zacheus exposed his former boss when he revealed just how little he had been earning.

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Okmalumkoolkat’s arrest

Okmalumkoolkat’s life hasn’t been the same since March 2016 when he was arrested for indecent assault in Australia. The incident has caused many to call for a boycott of his music.

AKA – rape lyrics

AKA rubbed people up the wrong way when he slammed women who stood up for President Zuma’s rape accuser. Twitter detectives then dug up an old lyric where he rapped about spiking a girl’s drink.

Ambitiouz exodus

Ambitiouz Entertainment looked like it had the music industry formula nailed down but it seems the company wasn’t able to keep its artists happy. The aftermath of Fifi Cooper, A Reece and Benchmark’s departures was spicey to say the least!

Mabala Noise part 3

Just when we thought we had had enough of Mabala’s controversy, it went ahead and did damage at this year’s Metro FM Music Awards. Amidst allegations that it had ‘bought’ awards for their top artists, Riky Rick decided to announce his departure from the label.