Jerusalema’ hitmaker Master KG slapped with lawsuit

Farida Joyce

Multi-award-winning DJ and producer Master KG, whose real name is Kgaogelo Moagi, is being sued for alleged copyright infringement on hit song Jerusalema.

Artists Charmza the DJ and Biblos have filed lawsuits against Master KG, his record label Open Mic Productions, and music distributor Africori.

According to Channel24, court documents submitted on 8 June against Master KG and Open Mic show that neither party had legal authority over the Jerusalema song or the master recording at the time they made a commercial release of it.

Nomcebo Zikode composed and sang the lyrics to Jerusalema. Charmza the DJ claims to have been called to the recording studio by Master KG and says he was not given any royalties.

The statement reads, “The song was the result of a collaboration between music producer Charmza the DJ, who composed the song, and Nomcebo Zikode, who wrote the lyrics for the song and performed it for the master recording, also produced in studio by Charmza the DJ.”

Furthermore, it is stated that no agreements were made and no rights clearances were obtained from the copyright holders for Master KG or his record label to release the music and commercialise it under their names exclusively and for their financial gain only.

According to the statement, Master KG and Open Mic released the recording of the song without obtaining any rights clearances from the artists who, they claim, originated the song and produced the recording. They also did not secure a licence or clearance from Biblos, who claim to own the sound recording that was sampled in the track.

Nkateko Maluleke of Open Mic Productions admitted that although they are aware of the summons, they are unable to comment further.

“It is a matter that is before the court. We can’t go into further details,” Maluleke stated.

Master KG claimed in a TshisaLIVE interview that his accusers lacked knowledge.

“They can’t even spell my name well because they don’t know f**oll,” he said. ”I am looking forward to you reporting the outcome of the case if there is going to be any.”


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