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Thobeka “Tipcee” Ndaba, a gqom artist from Durban, has been facing difficult times since her departure from Afrotainment, the record label owned by DJ Tira. The artist, who has previously gifted the nation with chart-toppers such as “Fakaza” and “Iscathulo,” has experienced a decline in her music career since she left Afrotainment in recent years.
Tipcee’s decision to leave the label in search of independence has not been advantageous for her career, and she is now struggling to secure bookings, especially since she is no longer associated with DJ Tira’s label.
Motivations for Departure Sources suggest that the “Fakaza” hitmaker left the record label in search of independence, feeling undervalued. According to a friend who spoke to Zimoja Lezinto, the transition to being an independent artist has not been easy for Tipcee, who had hoped that leaving Afrotainment would be a strategic move.
Tipcee’s departure from Afrotainment was motivated by her feeling undervalued and wanting to prove a point, as stated by her friend to ZiMoja. She believed she could make it as an independent artist, overlooking the challenges of the music industry.
Challenges of Being an Independent Artist Unfortunately, the decision seems to have backfired on her. The friend reveals that Tipcee struggles to secure bookings, especially since she is no longer associated with DJ Tira’s label. This is a worrying development for Tipcee, who used to be generous to others and is now experiencing the flip side of the coin. In the past, Tipcee had expressed her commitment to the music industry in an interview with TshisaLIVE, stating that she was here to stay.
As an independent artist, Tipcee is learning the amount of administration and costs required to build an artist. While she may earn money from her few bookings, they cannot sustain her financially. As reported by another source, the situation has become dire, so she has to borrow money from friends and family.
Tipcee’s Experience in the Music Industry Tipcee began her music career in 2017 and became famous for her hit single “Fakaza,” which she produced while signed to Afrotainment. The song became a national anthem and topped charts across the country. She released her debut album “iScathulo” in 2018, which featured collaborations with well-known artists such as Professor, DJ Joejo, and Busiswa.
Despite her success, Tipcee has faced criticism for being a “one-hit wonder” and not being able to replicate the success of “Fakaza.” However, the artist has continued to work hard and produce music, even after leaving Afrotainment.
Looking Ahead Tipcee’s situation highlights the challenges faced by independent artists in the music industry. The lack of financial support and connections can make it difficult for artists to succeed. However, Tipcee is determined to continue pursuing her passion for music and has been working on new projects.
The artist has released new music, such as “Lalitha” and “Ngiyavuma,” which have received positive reviews from fans. She has also been featured on other artists’ tracks, such as DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small’s hit song “Amantombazane.”
Despite the challenges, Tipcee’s experience shows that hard work and determination can pay off in the end. As she continues to build her career as an independent artist, she is an inspiration to others who may be facing similar challenges in the music industry.
Tipcee’s departure from Afrotainment has been a challenging experience