Nomcebo Zikode sets the record straight on false reports regarding resolution with Open Mic Productions

Nomcebo Zikode. Source: Supplied

Nomcebo Zikode. Source: Supplied

Published May 18, 2023


In response to recent media reports that suggested that her long-standing dispute with Open Mic Productions had been resolved, Grammy Award-winning singer Nomcebo Zikode has fired back and divulged that Open Mic continues to defy a recent court order.

In a statement issued to media Thursday afternoon, Zikode’s team categorically denounced these rumours as “false and injurious” and expressed that she wanted to publicly set the record straight on the current status of the matter.

“The truth of the matter is that a court order was obtained in late 2022 which ordered Open Mic and Nomcebo to enter into a joint venture agreement and settle the outstanding issues between the two parties,” read the statement.

“These outstanding issues were first made public when Nomcebo announced that she had not been paid any of her due royalties from the record-breaking global hit single, ‘Jerusalema’ or her project, ‘Xola Moya Wam’. This remains the case to date.”

Despite the court order that was obtained, and Open Mic’s commitment to remedying the matter, IMG Africa (Zikode’s management) says they have failed to come to the party per the stipulated timelines.

“Nomcebo is eagerly awaiting the finalisation of this matter so that she can continue with her recording plans and put out new music to further her career as a recording artist,” explained Sibo Mhlungu, CEO at IMG Africa.

“We are unhappy with Open Mic’s delay, as we had jointly undertaken to adhere to clearly stipulated timelines on submission of all required information, which remains outstanding, thus prolonging the matter.

“Should this not be resolved in the coming weeks, we are certain that we’ll be going back to court.”

According to the statement, there will be no further comments issued on the matter.