Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says the issue of South African artists dying poor should become a thing of the past.
He was speaking at the Independent Music Performance Rights Association‘s media briefing in Johannesburg on Friday.
Mthethwa announced that royalties from music played by the SABC’s radio stations between 2014 and 2015 will be handed over to artists.
Amounts will differ according to the number of airplay the songs get.
“We’ve been saying this and it’s important to say it again and again. These people have been robbed for many years. There are many of them and many have passed on and others are still alive. For the industry we really need ethical leadership.”
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