Mamelodi based artist Mpho Sfubanation believes local artists should be compensated for their services when booked for events.
The debate on whether local artists should be paid for event performances has been argued from time to time.
Some people believe locals should appreciate the platform they are given as it is their chance to be heard by fans while some says whether the locals have fan base or not they should be compensated.
This topic has been raised again by local artist Sfuba Nation as he believes every artist, whether known or unknown, should be appreciated in terms of financial help when invited to perform at the event.
Sfuba Nation, a member of Nyico Loco’s music movement Locomotive La Familia, has been releasing music and features over the years and has worked with artists such as Phoenix Flamee, Blaq Blood, Boy Peza, Bonezee Bonzalez, Tee Motion and Nyico Loco.
He is also known as a great performer when called to perform at the events and having seen it all in the local markets, he says artists such as him should be looked in a different way rather than be judged for been ‘local’ and ‘unknown’.
He said: “Event organizers must normalize paying local artists and stop hiding behind this ‘I’m promoting your music shit.’
“That shit is played out. Music is payed for and people pay money to record. If you don’t want to pay local artists in your hood and want to give people who are famous money then fine, don’t call anyone local at your events then.
“Y’all don’t even know what lengths they take to come to your stupid shows. You can’t even give the artist a taxi or petrol money.”
Event organizers must normalise paying local artists and stop hiding behind this I’m promoting your music shit that shit…
His words were not supported by everyone as some believe locals have no fan base and they cannot make return on investments when paid for a gig, compared to mainstream artists.