Popular Nigerian singers, Davido and Small Doctor have been called out recently for using lyrics from veteran Juju musician King Sunny Ade’s songs without asking for his permission.
Mr. Clement Ige, King Sunny Ade’s manager, stated his discontentment towards the action of the singers as they used lyrics from KSA’s songs in their hit songs and did not even give credit to the original owner of the lyrics.
He even indirectly mentioned popular rapper Olamide for using an attractive phrase in the wrong manner.
“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.
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!”
Generally, people believed that Davido doesn’t write most of his songs. He either buys them from external songwriters or has them written by members of his crew