The manager of King Sunny Ade, Clement Ige has accused popular Nigerian singer, Davido and Small Doctor of using King Sunny Ade’s lyrics without seeking his permission.
Ige speaking at Goldberg’s ‘Ariya Repete’ Roundtable discourse in Abeokuta, accused the duo of song theft.
He said; “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.
“That 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!”