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Focalistic has offered a response to claims by Shebeshxt that he was not compensated for his participation in the Straata Nation Address, Focalistic’s first one-man show at the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens on September 16.

The Limpopo musician stirred controversy when he revealed on Podcast and Chill that he collaborated with the amapiano sensation without seeking any payment.

“I don’t deny that the Straata Nation Address was packed, but do you think if I was not there it would be that packed? If you looked at what was trending on TikTok from the show, it was my performance, and he failed to post me. I went there for free. He didn’t pay me for it. Even the videos you saw of us at colleges and all, I never wanted a cent from him,” Shebeshxt expressed.

Focalistic Responds to Shebeshxt Non-payment Allegations

Focalistic took to Instagram live from Atlanta, where he is attending Davido’s A.W.A.Y Festival, to clarify the situation. The Ke Star hitmaker emphasized that he was not in direct communication with the artists. Instead, when coordinating Shebeshxt’s participation in the event, his former manager inquired about the compensation he desired.

“That is my dawg. Maybe I didn’t post him the way he wanted me to post him. Before anything else, I have been posting him; he’s my dawg, and we will never fight, no matter what podcasts can do, we will never fight. Sorry dawg if you feel like you were disrespected. You know I will never disrespect the streets. At the end of the day, we are all hustling for the same thing. It will always be love from me,” Focalistic stated.

“With regards to payments. I asked him how much he wanted. I wanted to pay. Those who know [me] know I pay for people to perform at my shows, so he wanted to do it out of love and I respect that, so I don’t know. The problem is that people love beef and I don’t have it. I love him a lot. Whatever he wants, I got it. If he wants money he must tell me, let’s fix it. I’ve never imagined myself fighting Shebe.”


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