King Sunny Ade has accused hip-hop artistes: Davido and Small Doctor of intellectual property theft saying most contemporary singers are guilty of the crime.
The veteran Juju singer’s maanger, Clement Ige, made this assertion in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital while speaking at Goldberg’s Ariya Repete Roundtable Discourse.
“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,” Ige said.
The manager added that modern days’ artistes had deficiency in Yoruba language and made reference to Olamide’s single, Eleda Mi.
His word, “They use English language to speak Yoruba. Like the young man who sang ‘makole marale’: how do you build house before buying a land?”