‘Stop playing my music!’ — Manqele tells ANC

By Celani Sikhakhane

Maskandi musician Mthandeni Manqele has told the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal to stop playing his songs at their rallies unless they pay him.

Manqele, popularly known as Igcokama Elisha, criticised the party during his performance at a recent EFF rally in Durban ahead of its manifesto launch at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

“If they [the ANC] continue playing my songs at their rallies, I will take legal action against them. They can’t play my songs when they don’t hire me for their gigs,” he said.

Manqele has been critical of the government and ANC-run municipalities after his song failed to become Song of the Year on Ukhozi FM. It came second.

He has previously accused municipal managers and chief financial officers in KZN of demanding sex from artists in exchange for gigs and event sponsorship. 

In January, he claimed that when an artist wants his gigs to be sponsored, there are municipal managers who call them to a hotel in Umhlanga to sleep with them.

Manqele said his events are not sponsored because he has refused to be the sex slave of another man.

His song “Paris” is a popular number that is being played at many gigs and wedding ceremonies.

Manqele has recently been performing at events for the EFF and the newly-formed uMkhonto Wesizwe party.

ANC KZN spokesperson Ricardo Mthembu said they are not aware of Manqele’s complaints. 

Pictured above: Mthandeni Manqele called on the ANC in KZN to stop playing his music at their rallies.

Image source: Supplied


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