Davido And Small Doctor Accused Of Stealing Lyrics
According to reports, singers Davido and Small Doctor have been accused of infringing on the right of veteran musician – King Sunny Ade(KSA) as claimed by his manager, Clement Ige.
The copyright infringements claim according to the talent manager, the duo were accused of using lyrics from veteran Juju musician’s songs without permission and not following due process by seeking approval from or giving credit to the owner.
“Till today, Small Doctor didn’t get our permission before and after singing ‘ijó tí m’ojó l’àná, tí wọn n’pariwo, oni nkọ, ola nkọ.’ And many of them are guilty of this,” Ige said, referencing a popular line in Small Doctor’s 2017 hit record ‘Penalty’.
“The Davido that used Sunny’s lyrics in his song didn’t even get it right and that’s because he didn’t ask for permission. If he did, we would have corrected him. What is ‘Kuluso ewe, agbagba ewe…?’ The line is actually ‘Seleru agbo, agbara agbo’. I know because I co-wrote the song!,” he said, referencing Davido’s breakthrough single ‘Dami duro’.
“They use English language to speak Yoruba. Like the young man who sang ‘makole marale.’ How do you build house before buying a land?” he asked.
“Many of them don’t give credit to the original composer of the song they adopt. They just sing it without seeking permission. That’s a copyright infringement. It’s not done in developed societies.” he added.
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