Sandisiwe Mbhele
Lifestyle Journalist
2 minute read
27 Mar 2021
8:34 am

Rihanna dragged for sampling DJ Maphorisa and Busiswa ‘Midnight Starring’

Sandisiwe Mbhele

Rihanna posted a teaser video of the new Fenty foundation range using DJ Maphorisa hit 2017 song, 'Midnight Starring' featuring Busiswa, Moonchild and DJ Tira.

International singer and businesswoman Rihanna. Picture: Instagram

International superstar, Rihanna new advertising campaign for her beauty line Fenty Beauty has come under fire for using a South African artists soundtrack without giving them credit.

Rihanna posted a teaser video of the new makeup foundation range using DJ Maphorisa hit 2017 song, Midnight Starring featuring Busiswa, Moonchild and DJ Tira.


Busiswa was less than impressed that the track was remade or sampled which is legal but using her voice on it.


After the release of the ad, Twitter was set alight with many South Africans tagging Rihanna and Fenty Beauty expressing their dismay, saying the local artists should sue despite the song being a sample.

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But it seems after much thought Busiswa backtracked on her earlier statements, is unsure if her voice was used and wondered if Sony Music South Africa was aware of this and asked fans not to troll Rihanna.

She said: “…She might not even be personally aware. And sampling music and not paying vocalists is legal practice. Right? @SonyMusicSouth.”


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