Durban Kwaito group Big Nuz have left Afrotainment with DJ Tira confirming the split in an official statement.
In the statement posted on Twitter, DJ Tira states that there is no bad blood between himself, Mandla "Mampintsha" Maphumulo and Mzi “Danger” Tshomela.
Furthermore, he adds that the group is under new management and that it was not the record companies decision on when the duo would record a new album.
With regards to Big Nuz's future plans, the Afrotainment CEO says he is unaware of what their plans are, but he will still support them with their individual projects.
Dj Tira Statement. pic.twitter.com/s5il9XJsIk
Mampintsha, however, has a different side of the story. Speaking to Gagasi FM, he said that they had no plans of leaving and the reason for the exit was due to the decay of the relationship between them and Afrotainment.
"To be honest, the whole thing between Big Nuz leaving Afrotainment was because of my company, from the day I started having a company, things started to not go well. Friendships started to become shaky."
The 'Wololo' star added that the real issues came in once he started managing Gqom queen Babes Wodumo and that the development of West Ink was the real problem.
"Even when I got Babes, I became someone who people gossiped about, even to this day I'm being gossiped about. So that's the true story, no one said they wanted to leave, I never wanted to leave, I've never spoken about Tira or Afrotainment I just want to develop my own company. You'll see that there was a time Big Nuz didn't record for an entire year, so at that time I was busy developing my own artist."
Speaking to TshisaLIVE, DJ Tira refuted the claims stating that he and Mampintsha are "fine" and he was booked by him "for a show in March".
"We are not jealous. My relationship with Mampintsha is fine. He even called me to book me for a show in March, which shows how our relationship is. I don't know anything about gossiping or jealousy. We are doing well at Afrotainment and I am focusing on DJ Tira. I issued the statement to stop people asking me about Big Nuz."