LEPHALALE – Local DJ Mjora, real name Johannes Khoza (27), took to his Facebook account to air his frustrations and share with his fans the fact that he has not been paid for an event which he did in December. The three day event called #KeKassie Music Festival was organised by a guy called Thabo whom he has been unable to contact despite many attempts.
“About two months before the festival a fellow DJ told me about this festival which was to take place at the Marapong Stadium over the weekend of 4-6 December 2015. He invited me to play and I was very interested not realising I would never be paid” said Mjora.
The event started with a pre-party at the Mogol Club hall on Friday 4 December. The main event, in which Mjora was scheduled to play, took place on Saturday 5 December at the Marapong stadium, which was, according to a lot of attendees, not up to standard. The #KeKassie event ended with the Sunday soul session held at a venue outside of Lephalale town.
His Facebook status message reads “I am still waiting for my payment for #KeKassie Music Festival… You see when you mix business with pleasure, that’s what you get in return” and received 128 comments in the space of two hours.
The 27-year-old said that usually when he is booked he gets a 60% deposit for posters and social media promotions, with the remainder being paid two days prior to the event.
“It’s never a good idea to mix business with pleasure but sometimes you do it for friends or people in the same circle because you know they will have your back; but then things like this happen.”
One of the promotional girls on the #KeKassie event mentioned that she was paid R350 for the month-long promotion of the event.
The #KeKassie brand name was created by local DJ Vavic, whose real name is Karabo Moeng, but he did not want to comment on the matter.
The hit maker of “The gentlemen music” mentioned that even though he was last to play at the event he was not entirely happy as he was told to get off stage and let another “national” artist to play, as he was late. He also made said that as local artists they are undermined and disrespected by some of event organisers because they book a national artist to come and play in Lephalale and pay them full price before the event, but with local DJs they sometimes only get paid at the event depending on how much the organisers are making. He feels this is disrespectful to them.
Mogol Post spoke to another DJ, Fanie Mdluli known as DJ Fanzo, who said that he was only paid a 40% deposit and Thabo is not responding to his texts and calls either.
Attempts to get hold of Thabo have been in vain.