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Court finds Cassper Nyovest guilty

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House music guru Oupa Sefoka, popularly known as DJ Sumbody has obtained a court order demanding rapper Cassper Nyovest to settle about R147 000 in unpaid royalties.

In November, DJ Sumbody filed a court application at the Johannesburg High Court to compelling Cassper Nyovest and his record label Family Tree Records, together with Bridge Music Entertainment, to stick to a payment agreement that was signed in February last year.

The papers of the application read:
The respondents agree and undertake to provide the applicant with all the signed details they entered into and any other third party within three days of the signature of the agreement.

Celebgossip has learnt that the Samsung contract in dispute was worth about R5 million.

“The respondents agree to propose a payment arrangement within five days of the date of signature of this agreement; the arrangement to be agreed between the applicant and the respondents…

“If no agreement can be reached between the applicant and the respondents, the respondents agree that the applicant is granted leave to approach this honourable court on the same papers and duly supplemented, for the honourable court to determine the exact monetary amount in rand value to be immediately paid to the applicant.”

“The respondents agree and undertake to provide the applicant with the financial and publishing reconciliations showing all monies generated and received from both songs, namely Remote Control and Tseya Ukwe from the date they were published.”

The papers show that the parties signed an acknowledgment of debt last February through Sefoka’s legal representatives.

Earlier this month, acting Judge Coram Olivier handed down an order for the November application by Sefoka, demanding his share of profits from his and Nyovest’s hit single Remote Control, after it was used in a Samsung advert with the rapper as its face.

“The applicant and the respondents acknowledge and agree that the partly written and partly oral agreement concluded between them in 2018 is valid and binding.

However the managing director of Tailor Made Legal Solutions, which represents Sefoka, Lesego Chaka, said:

It is unfortunate that such a simple matter needed to reach this stage.

“We do not have any further comment, save to intensify our support for all entertainers who have been taken advantage of in relation to royalties, among other entitlements. We will be pursuing all other income, as the ruling confirms our client’s position and that of other entertainers in his position.”

When reached out  for comment, Cassper Nyovest had not responded by the time of going to print.