Popular Nigerian hitmakers, Davido and Small Doctor have been accused of copyright infringement.
King Sunny Ade’s manager, Mr Clement Ige reportedly called out the duo for using lyrics from veteran Juju musician’s songs without seeking for the permission to do so.
Ige expressed his dissatisfaction towards the action of the singers, using lyrics from KSA’s songs in their hit songs and not even giving credit to the original owner of the lyrics.
Speaking at Goldberg’s Ariya Repete Roundtable discourse in Abeokuta, the manager revealed that young generation singers are not doing things the right way.
He added that their songs lyrics are filled with jargon that make no literal sense.
“They use English language to speak Yoruba. Like the young man who sang ‘makole marale.’ How do you build house before buying a land?
“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.
“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.
“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!”