Mabala Noise Rumoured To Be On The Verge Of Crumbling Down. According to Drum Publication Mabala noise might be coming to an end since it looks to be crumbling down into pieces with each big artist heading for the exit.What raises more questions is the fact that nost artists seem to be leaving in terns far from good. In just over a year about 7 artists have left the label including Riky Rick, Gigi Lamayne, Major League DJz, Nasty C, Zakwe, Kay Sibiya and Mbali Nkosi to say the least.
The label was formed in 2015 but in less than three years many artists have become frustrated with it and have decided to leave. In July 2017 founder DJ Bongz announced his departure from Mabala Noise on his Facebook page with immediate effect. “Protect your peace. Know when to leave!” he posted. The Durban deejay hinted that he would be starting his own record company called Gwara Gwara entertainment.
Major League DJz – twins Banele and Bandile Mbere – left around the same time, with Bandile recently telling DRUM that their vision was at odds with that of Mabala Noise. “We left last year. We wanted to do our own thing, man. It was a different vision and it wasn’t about the money issue that had been reported,” said Bandile.
Ricky Rick announced his split with the label in March 2017 on Twitter saying he’d prayed about his departure, “After long prayer and conversation with God, I am no longer part of Mabala Noise, blessings to everyone there; thank you for the love.” In a series of tweets Riky Rick also alleged that the record company took back the entire “gift” they had given him.
Female rapper Gigi Lamayne left the label in December and told TshisaLive she left due to creative differences.
Mabala Noise also fired their media liaison officer Mhlo Gumede – Zandi Khumalo’s husband and Kelly Khumalo’s brother-in-law – last year for allegedly extorting money from up-and-coming musicians with the promise to give them record deals. Mhlo had been with Mabala Noise since 2015 and told DRUM that he was already in the process of leaving the label when they fired him. “I was on my way out of the company anyway because of a few disagreements, but I’ve agreed with Reggie Nkabinde to not go into detail about our disagreements and I will keep my word.”
In February 2018 rapper Nasty C also left the record company for international label Universal Music Group. The break-up allegedly started when Nasty C didn’t attend a Christmas party in eMalahleni, Mpumalanga, despite being given a deposit of R120 000.
It was reported by Isolezwe that Mabala Noise’s assets were to be liquidated after owner Reggie disinvested from the label hoping to focus on politics.