Woolworths in talks to settle music royalty music debacle with Sampra

Rapper Nomuzi 'Moozlie' Mabena and other musicians urged Woolies to continue to play their music.

Retail giant Woolworths is in talks with the South African Performance Rights Association (Sampra) to renew its licence to play local music in its stores.

This comes after the retailer faced major backlash from SA artists and the public after Sampra announced that, from the beginning of February, Woolworths would apparently no longer play copyright-protected music.

“We hope to relicense Woolworths by the end of this week. Woolworths have reiterated their commitment to the South African music industry,” Sampra CEO Pfanani Lishivha told TshisaLIVE.

According to chief stakeholder officer (CSO) of the association Tiyani Maluleke, the music licence Sampra had with Woolies expired at the beginning of January.

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