Black Motion falsely booked for Red Square Dance Competition
Black Motion in the ocean.
Black Motion is a percussion-driven dance music duo who has been making serious waves in the South African music industry and even abroad lately.
The duo consists of “DJ Murda” Roberst Mahosana and percussionist Thabo “Smol” Mabogwane and they have enjoyed veritable success in the past few years.
Black Motion performs electrifying live shows making use of vocalists and keyboard players to support their act. They have gained major respect for their live shows.
Not too long ago they were featured on Billboard Magazine , their album Ya Badimo has been released internationally by Sony Music and their partnership with Ballantine’s Whisky for the Beat of Africa campaign has certainly helped raise their profile significantly.
So it’s fair to say the boys are on fire, which is why it’s not that surprising that someone has tried to cash in, possibly fraudulently.
Sometimes in the music industry promoters use artist names on their line-ups to generate interest and increase attendance of their events.
They do so without even properly booking said artists.
So with this back story we present to you the Black Motion/Red Square booking debacle:
The duo started hearing excitement from their fans about an upcoming gig in Pretoria. A gig they were unaware of.
They assumed it was the case of ‘the struggling promoter’ situation as mentioned above. They agreed to meet him in the middle and he in turn promised to pay Black Motion a deposit, which, according to them is yet to be done.
The ‘struggling promoter’ is in fact alcoholic beverage company Red Square and the event is the Red Square Dance Competition.
Their marketing manager, Victor Selaelo swears that Red Square has in fact paid the deposit for Black Motion to Kalawa Jazzmee label manager, Sina Kololo.
Since then it has transpired that Kololo is not in charge of Bookings for Black Motion. When they posted on Instagram how they will not be performing, Kololo reportedly apologized to Red Square and offered them an artist replacement.
Red Square is allegedly taking legal action as they feel that they have been taken for a ride.
It seems that Red Square as well as Black Motion may have both been taken for a ride!