EMB records became the talk of town when three of its leading members, Mr Seed, Weezdom and David Wonder, ditched the stable last month.
Piling accusations on Bahati and his wife Diana, Mr Seed and Weezdom claimed they had walked out because of the way Diana treated them and their girlfriends. David Wonder said he was exiting the record label as he wanted to rebrand himself.
However, with Pulse going behind the scenes to find out what really transpired before the exodus started, a different picture is emerging. A new lead puts gospel singer Ringtone right in the middle of the saga with a number of media outlets having been part of the scene to fire up the vibe.
With hit songs such as Nipende, Mtindo, Msalaba and Please Call Back all released under EMB last year, David Wonder shocked many by walking out on Bahati to follow Mr Seed and Wisdom in what is still seen as a regrouping plot.
What exactly got the three Bahati die-hards falling out with him? Why was Diana’s name been dragged into the story and what was Ringtone’s role in the whole saga?
Pulse can now reveal - as David Wonder indicated, the artistes were given a chance to decide if they wanted to stay at EMB or to move after their contracts expired.
Initial reports gathered by Pulse show that this conversation started on December 5 last year. Even with some differences emerging between Bahati and some of the EMB members, among them his brother Kioko who has since left the stable, sources have disclosed that Bahati wanted an amicable split.
Further investigations show that Mr Seed’s spouse Nimo Gachuiri was not put behind bars in Thika as it was alleged – an accusation that was aimed at Diana who is said to have had issues with Nimo.
“Why would Bahati and Diana call on cops to arrest Nimo? Who has cared to go to Thika Police Station to find out the truth on if Nimo was actually arrested?” challenged our source before we made the Thika visit on a fact-finding mission.
Pulse has also confirmed that one of the three artistes breached the agreement contract on the December 31 night. Instead of joining Bahati at Thika Stadium, he went ahead to attend another concert in Baringo. Pulse can confirm that the artiste actually claimed he was in Nairobi with his girlfriend while our trail spotted him in Baringo where he was paid Sh10,000 for the show.
More to it, an alleged scandal that had transpired in Kahawa and whose details we are not at liberty to release as investigations are ongoing, are part of the issues that caused the rift. The issues involve girls.
“The thing is there has been this entire hullabaloo about Diana being involved in Mr Seed girlfriend’s story but this is a possible cover-up. Ask them what happened in Kahawa,” a source, one of the remnants in EMB challenged Pulse.
However, when we approached both Bahati and the three rebels to comment on the issue, none was willing to speak out.
“There is a legal issue in this story and probably that is why Bahati is not commenting now,” said one of Bahati’s close friends, confirming that this matter could be headed to the courts.
Bahati’s stable had spent approximately Sh3.5 million on each of the artistes in terms of recording and tours and it remains to be seen how he will react to that. As to who owns the rights of the songs released as well as the many projects that were due to release prior to the break-up, it remains the big story yet to erupt.