Thobeka Ndaba leaving DJ Tira’s record label Afrotinment.
Apparently, things are not looking good for Durban-based gqom artist Thobeka “Tipcee” Ndaba, after reportedly leaving DJ Tira’s record label Afrotinment.
In the past, Tipcee has blessed the nation with several hits, including Fakaza and Iscathulo, but in recent years her music career has not been doing well after parting ways with Afrotianment.
According to Zimoja Lezinto, the Fakaza hitmaker left the label to pursue a career as an independent artist because she felt unappreciated.
However, it seems the move has backfired as her career is not doing well. A friend told Zimoja that the new venture is not easy for the musician who thought that leaving Afrotainment was a smart move.
“Tipcee left because she wasn’t feeling appreciated, and she wanted to teach them a lesson. She felt she was invisible, and she could do it on her own, forgetting that the music industry is not easy,” her friend told ZiMoja.“
The friend further said that Tipcee has been struggling to secure bookings and it’s difficult to do so when you are no longer in DJ Tira’s corner.
Bearings Cyder Tour…. Samba nge Bearings 🍻🍻🍻 I'm coming to your city soon 🍾🍾🍾 pic.twitter.com/OA5bKYQAId
— Makoya Bearings (@DJTira) February 16, 2023
“It’s very difficult to get bookings and worse if you are not in Tira’s corner.”
“She is now learning how much admin goes into building an artist and how much costs are involved. Yes, she might be seeing all the money from bookings, but the bookings are few and far between,” the source added.
Another mole told the publication that Tipcee has been borrowing money from friends because things are tough.
“People are starting to talk about her borrowing money from friends and family. She doesn’t have a cent, she is borrowing R2000 from people. I am worried because when she was good, she took care of people and gave them money but now that it is her turn, people are quick to gossip about how she is borrowing money. She is a mom after all and needs to keep her dignity intact.”
A few years ago Tipcee opened up to TshisaLIVE about her journey in the music industry and said she was here to stay.
“At first it was hard‚ I mean all of sudden there were a lot of people interested in my work. People who loved me and some who didn’t. Then there was the media but Tira trained me well. I am here to stay. As a brand‚ I know who I am and I know what to share and what not to share.”
Still waiting my Winnings pic.twitter.com/ex1Mm6FSSx
— lirabird (@leratoliralempe) February 16, 2023
“I’ve known Tira for a while‚ he’s always kind of been a guide in my life. I met him a long time ago while I was a promo girl for an alcohol brand. Around 2009‚ he knew I had an interest in music. Fast forward to a couple of years ago‚ I began doing vocals for Big Nuz and even some of his songs then he saw potential in me,” Tipcee told TshisaLIVE.
DJ Tira confirmed to Zimoja that the artist had left his label but refused to comment further, adding that Tipcee is a sister to him.
On January 19, Tipcee shared a post on her Instagram account where she was promoting DJ Tira’s new cider, Bearings. DJ Tira launched the cider in December 2022.