Papa Penny Ahee Reality Show Canned Amid Financial Disputes with Production Company
South African musician Eric Kulani Giyani Nkovani, better known as Papa Penny, the “Shangaan Disco King,” is reportedly at odds with the production company responsible for producing his reality TV show, Papa Penny Ahee. Papa Penny has accused SeMamo Productions of exploiting him and his family members who feature as part of the cast on the reality show.
The show, which aired on Mzansi Magic, documented the colourful life of the legendary Tsonga disco king as a son, community leader, musician, polygamist, and father of over 24 children. However, the show is said to have been recently canned after airing four seasons due to financial disagreements.
According to reports, the musician alleged that his entire family had not been paid by the producers until season three. He also added that his mother, Kokwana, had died in season four without receiving any payment from the production company for her participation in the show.
Disagreements Over Payment and VAT
“Those people exploited me. They paid me R300 000 for season one and the same for season two. Then we negotiated that they give me R400 000 for seasons three and four,” Papa Penny said.
The production company reportedly did not include payment for VAT, and when Papa Penny’s auditor realized this and approached them for payment, they refused. The musician claims he was unaware that the payment was not included in the agreement.
Papa Penny’s Mother’s Death
Papa Penny’s mother, Kokwana, was a regular feature on the reality show, but she passed away during the filming of season four. According to Papa Penny, Kokwana passed away without seeing any payment from the production company for her participation in the show.
The Future of Papa Penny Ahee Reality Show
In December 2021, entertainment commentator Phil Phela reported that Papa Penny’s show had been renewed for its fifth season, which was set to air in 2022. However, the ongoing financial dispute with the production company has since resulted in the show’s cancellation.
Papa Penny has suggested that the production company’s greed may have played a role in the cancellation of the show. Nevertheless, he remains optimistic about his future in the entertainment industry, and his fans look forward to seeing him perform on stage.
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