Award-winning recording superstar King Monada has thrown his manager Albert Makwela under the bus. This was in a desperate bid to avoid a lawsuit for his failure to show up for a paid gig at the Limpopo Legends Awards (Lila), which were held in Polokwane over the weekend.
The annual event was organised by Lila founder and Limpopo Artists Movement (LAM) chairman MphozaMashabela to honour music legends Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbulu, Penny Penny and Sello Galane, among others. Monada, real name Khutso Steven Kgatle, humiliated Lila and left its legion of fans high and dry when he failed to pitch for the show.
As a result, Mashabela, unleashed his lawyers, Thobejane Incorporate, to sue Monada for damages and failure to honour a contractual obligation.The lawyers contacted Monada on Monday to demand the repayment of the R35 000 appearance fee paid to him.
They also wanted him to pay Lila’s legal costs and the reputational damage the organisation suffered as a result of his failure to show up at the jamboree. After smelling a rat, Monada sold Makwela down the river.
He told the lawyers he knew nothing about the gig, saying Makwela had to take full responsibility for the faux pas. Speaking to Sunday World, Harry Thobejane of Thobejane Incorporate confirmed that Monada threw Makwela to the wolves.
“What happened was that Monada was paid R35 000 by Lila to perform at the event last year. But he failed to pitch up. So Makwela wrote a letter to my clients stating Monada would perform at this year’s event and they agreed,” he said.
He said after the agreement, Lila distributed posters and even announced on various radio stations that the Skabhora Moreki hitmaker would be part of the line-up of artists to strut their stuff at the do.But to their chagrin, Monada did not pitch up again.
He did not furnish the organisers with a reason for marooning them at the 11th hour. So, on Monday I contacted Makwela because I wanted to send him a letter of demand, but he told me that he was not feeling well. He told me that I should direct all the correspondences to the artist himself,” he said.
Thobejane said when he contacted the music mega star, he told him he knew nothing about the show and that Makwela should carry the cross for the blunder.
“But nonetheless, we are suing both of them for damaging the reputation of my clients because people are saying the whole thing was a scam, so they will not come to the event anymore,” he said. Mashabela said he was disappointed in Monada.
“I have no words to express my disappointment in him. He has really let us down, but I can’t comment further because my lawyers are dealing with the matter. But we definitely want our money back,” he said. Makwela declined to comment.
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