Mshasho kwaito star Martin Morocky – better known as The Dogg – has been trading words on Facebook with members of a kwaito and dance group based in Ongwediva, called Fresh Family, over the ownership of an album Fresh Family claims is being withheld by The Dogg.
The Fresh Family, which at one point was signed to the Mshasho stable, claims to have recorded an album during their time at Mshasho. However, The Dogg terminated their contract before the album was released, they allege. They now claimThe Dogg has refused to hand the album over to them unless he is paid N$40 000.
The Dogg declined to comment in detail when approached for comment, besides saying that he does not owe anyone money. “Those are drunk boys. I owe no one money. They are looking for attention,” he said. Prodded for further commen, via text message, he said: “If it is about what you texted me about please don’t call me for that.”
Fresh Family members were nevertheless willing to comment and alleged that Morocky terminated their contract for no reason at all when the album was done and has since refused to give them the album unless they pay for it.
“We don’t owe Dogg any money. He does not want to give us our project. We texted and called him, but he does not respond. We respect him, but sometimes he must think. He is even busy outing my family on Facebook when he is an ambassador.
“This is someone we look up to, but making allegations that we smoke weed is wrong. I thought he was mature. I’m very angry and he must restrain himself from putting families in business matters. He must just man up, give our project and move on. We’re all trying to make a living here,” said Palla Fresh Godson.
Noshi Avia, another member of the Fresh Family, said it is wrong for The Dogg to make false allegation of using weed and involving family members, who have nothing to do with the feud between the artists.
“Some of us have reputations to maintain. For him to post that Fresh Family consumes weed on social media is out of hand. He never saw us consume drugs, maybe alcohol. This is a childish behaviour. He must not say things based on rumours,” said Noshi.
Online the two camps have been throwing words at one another for days after the MTV Music Awards, in which The Dogg was nominated for the Listeners’ Choice category, which he did not win. Avia immediately afterwards posted: “The Dogg did not win anything at the MTV Music Awards. No noise making from his mouth. Woohooo. God is good all time.”
The Dogg responded, saying: “He will never be your friend, you dreaming. First make music that sells maybe. Unfortunately you chose drugs and alcohol. Wait for your parents to inherit, or go look for a job.”
He went on to say: “Druggies get confused, they don’t know between real life with the illusion. It pains to see talent wasted. God helps no dummy, signed artist, own a record label or a company loud mouth.”
The tirade went on and on with accusations and counter accusations over the use of drugs and alcohol. This is not the first time the musicians clashed and grabbed headlines. In 2008 Fresh Family made allegations of mistreatment by The Dogg, claiming he cut their stage performance short despite the crowd chanting that they want more.