‘The music business is a cruel and shallow money trench, a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free, and good men die like dogs. There’s also a negative side.’ – Hunter S Thompson
How come so many great South African musicians have died paupers? There is good reason to believe that the oligarchy of the South African Music Rights Organisation (Samro) might have had more than a little to do with it.
Despite numerous complaints over the years, Samro continues to be accused of a lack of transparency in its financial dealings, and remains subject to little or no oversight.