Tanzanian Hip hop artist Darassa, born Shariff Thabeet, stated that he has received no money from the ringback tones or any streaming platform in East Africa from the hit song ‘Muziki’ featuring singer Ben Pol.
Darassa made the revelation during an exclusive interview with Jalang’o TV, saying despite releasing the hit song ‘Muziki’ on November 23, 2016, and receiving over 20million views on YouTube he has not made any money from it.
Hii ni biashara kama biashara nyingine. so kulikuwa na contract zinaendelea ule wakati. Kinachofanyika kertu sisi hakitupi faida kwa wale waliotuzidi akili kwa contract zetu za kwanza.
“Wimbo kama muziki, selling yake, unajua sijawai patana na any profit ya hizi ringtone back…na dalali wangu hajawai kunipatia ripoti ambazo natakiwa kupewa since 2015 can you imagine that, mpaka leo I have never received any pay. That’s why kuna mda nasema I need direction, not speed.” Darrsssa said.
The rapper slammed local event organizers and promoters for misappropriating monies that were supposed to go to him after signing arrangements.
He said that he has been able to receive better pay from international music streaming platforms that have transparency on music sales.
“Thanks to hizi platforms za nje, kama Spotify, since nimekuwa na artist profile pale Spotify naona results…”