THE reason for the exclusion of Durban-based award-winning kwaito group, Big Nuz, from the annual Gumba Fest yesterday has allegedly been revealed.

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The Umlilo duo, consisting of Mandla “Mampintsha” Maphumulo and Mzi “Danger” Tshomela, was barred from being part of the music concert at Ulundi Stadium in KwaZulu-Natal because it had snubbed the IFP last year.

The IFP had booked Big Nuz to perform during their victory celebration last year after the party won the Zululand District in the local municipal elections.

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The Sibongile hitmakers were allegedly removed from the music event’s posters along with their stablemate, DJ Fisherman.

Sources claimed the IFP, which controls Ulundi Municipality, demanded that the group organise a media briefing and apologise for snubbing them.

One source said: “Big Nuz had already apologised to the IFP. The only issue was that the political party wanted the group to publicly apologise.

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“Big Nuz didn’t disagree to the IFP’s terms and conditions. Both parties are eager to smoke the peace pipe. Big Nuz admitted they were wrong to have snubbed the IFP last year.”

Another source said Big Nuz failed to make it to Ulundi as they were in Joburg.

“Big Nuz is shooting their reality show titled, Next Level. There was no way they were going to make it to the event because of the tight schedule. “It’s part of the contract, and by the time they’re finished shooting they were all tired,” the source said.

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DJ Tira said: “I can confirm that Big Nuz wasn’t part of the Gumba Fest. They’re shooting the Next Level. Also, there are some issues that need to be ironed out between the IFP and Big Nuz.There was a misunderstanding. We’ll sort our differences and move on.”

Acting head of Mayoral Support at the Zululand District Municipality, Thokozani Nyandeni, said: “We funded the event, but we don’t have a say on the bookings.”

The IFP refused to comment.