Award-winning artist Sechaba Pali says he makes no apologies for what he said on Sunday before he was removed from the stage during a gospel show at Macufe.
Pali – who is well known for throwing tantrums as much as he is for his talent – drew the ire of gospel music lovers when he said he could not perform for peanuts.
Scheduled as one of the headliners, the controversial Pali took to stage after Thoko Nogabe, much to the delight of fans. However, their excitement was short-lived as he was hauled off the stage by Lesedi FM presenter Lefa Pheto, who was MC on the day.
Pali was removed after he reportedly said, “These people expect me to perform live having paid me only R17 000, yet these fake pastors who are on stage and other artists are paid more than me.”
The musician’s microphone was immediately cut and he was escorted off stage, angering gospel music lovers who threw beer cans on stage, even splashing the MC with beer. However, Pheto kept his cool and managed to get the crew under control.
Commenting after the incident, the department of arts and culture said Pali’s rant was uncalled for and projected a negative picture about the event.
The artist is lying, said Thabang Moleko, who is responsible for art performances.
“He negotiated R75 000 and that was agreed on. It was further agreed that he would be paid 20% deposit, which amounts to 15k and the rest would be paid when he gets to the venue, which was R60 000K. All that happened,” noted Moleko.
The problem, according to Moleko, started when Pali wanted to use backtracks for a live band fee, which was something that was not agreed on.
“The contract was very clear and straight forward; it was to be a live band. The musician even emailed his technical riders,” added Moleko, who further questioned why the musician would send such knowing very well the agreement was for a live band.
Despite the explanation, Pali mainted that some local artists were still being underpaid.
“I make no apologies about what I said. I am one of those artists who are underpaid and I know many others but they are afraid to speak out of fear of victimisation, hence it continues to be a trend,” said Pali.
He noted that while everyone could not be paid the same, it remained important for artists to be paid accordingly.
“We might not all be at the same level, but that does not mean others should be exploited for the benefit of others,” he added.