DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small reportedly demand expensive alcohol that costs more than their booking fee


DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small slammed for their exorbitant demands at gigs

DJ Maphorisa, Kabza De Small and a few other Amapiano musicians have been slammed for demanding expensive alcohol that costs more than their booking fee.

At a recent South African Creative Conference which hosts artists, creatives, music industry executives, promoters, and stakeholders, events organisers complained about the exorbitant and alcohol-drenched hospitality riders by South African artists.

“We have the amapiano artists that hardly pitch for events. They complain about flights, they are unprofessional and demand expensive alcohol that costs more than the booking,” Botswana promoter Leko Kenosi said.

“People don’t want to see you drunk on stage. At the end of the event, they demand extra rooms, they bring girls and demand they be fed and given alcohol on top of what you provided and had agreed on.”

“Then you get artists like Yvonne and legends who pitch up and don’t ask for much. When you pay them, they take the same money and use it towards donating computers,” he added.

Poet, singer and chairperson at Music Creators South Africa Nomsa Mazwai says she has been shamed at events for asking for the bare minimum as a hospitality rider. “When I perform, I ask for water, lemon, and honey,” she says. “I was shocked when I got to festivals in South Africa. I was treated worse than artists that had very exorbitant riders. The people at the festival think that the more wha-wha-whee your rider is, the bigger you are bigger.”

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