Mercy Pakela is a Veteran pop star who found fame in the 80s. She walked into the spotlight for her hit track, Ayashisa Amateki. The musician boasts of over 30 years in the music industry.
She moved to the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg to pursue her career in music at the age of 16.
Following her relocation, she stayed at Mzimhlophe Women’s Hostel in Soweto.
Later, she auditioned for Patience Africa, where she was accommodated and went for musical tours. Mercy received payment of between R5 and R7 for her performances.
Eventually, she then dropped her first album in 1985. Like most musicians in South Africa, she has a lot to share on the exploitation of artists in the music industry.
“My first recording deal was in 1985 with Ron ‘Bones’ Brettell, who played the keyboard for Hotline and PJ Powers.
“About 15 000 copies of the album were sold, but I was never paid any royalties because all the proceeds apparently went to the recording costs,” she says.
Whenever there is a comparison between modern music and that of her time, Mercy says not much has changed. According to her, she still has the exploitation of artists as her concern.
“What’s disturbing is that our youth are still signing the same contracts we signed back then, making them vulnerable to exploitation,” she says.
She thanked her managers and promoters who exploited her. Her reason was that it made her stronger.
She made a big reveal, Mercy claims that she did not receive a single cent although Ayashisa Amateki was downloaded eight (8) million times.
- “Mercy Pakela still going strong“. News24, Faeza retrieved on 2020-17-01