Boycotting Mampintsha’s Music Will Affect Babes Wodumo – Experts

Mampintsha caught on camera beating Babes Wodumo. PICTURE: News365

Chief executive officer at RiSA (Recording Industry of South Africa), advocate Nhlanhla Sibisi says banning Mampintsha’s music might have unintended consequences 

There are growing calls from South Africans to boycott Mandla Maphumulo, known as Mampintsha’s music. But experts warn that it could have a negative effect on innocent parties.

This follows an unfortunate incident of gender-based violence where local musician Bongekile Simelane, popularly known as Babes Wodumo, posted a video on social media where she is seemingly being assaulted by her partner and fellow musician Mampintsha.

The incident has since generated robust conversation and commentary around the scourge of gender-based violence.

According to the chief executive officer at RiSA (Recording Industry of South Africa), advocate Nhlanhla Sibisi, banning Mampintsha’s music might have unintended consequences.

Speaking to a Johannesburg-based radio station, Power FM on Tuesday, Sibisi said, “Firstly, as an organisation we condemn any of our members who are involved in women abuse.

“Secondly, I understand the call to boycott an artist’s music, but it might have unintended consequences because of the number of people involved in any of the music you want to ban.

“It would affect Babes, session musicians and composers. We need to think carefully of how we want to punish the person we regard as an offender, in a way that will affect only him in the value chain.

Meanwhile, music business consultant and communications specialist, Vusi Leeu, echoes Sibisi’s sentiments.

“Violence against women is unacceptable and we don’t support it. He said when it comes to the issue of banning people, there are technicalities. South Africa is a Constitutional country and has laws, he added. 

“We also have organisations like The Right2Know Campaign that fights against censorship. In the case of Mampintsha it’s complicated and it’s quite clear why business and pleasure don’t mix.

“Babes’ music is owned by Mampintsha’s record company as well as the publishing. Almost everything around Babes is owned by Mampintsha. For example, if you want to book Babes, Mampintsha gets a percentage.

“If you say let’s ban Mampintsha’s music you need to be clear that it will mean everything. Everything means everything that Babes has recorded,” he points out.