Talented popular Nigerian singer, David Adeleke popularly known as Davido, as well as fast rising star, Small Doctor, have been accused of stealing the lyrics of the song of music legend King Sunny Ade.
This was made known by the manager of King Sunny Ade; Clement Ige accused the duo of using the Sunny Ade’s lyrics without getting the due permission to do so.
The manager while speaking at Goldberg’s ‘Ariya Repete’ Roundtable discourse in Abeokuta, stated that this generation of artists are proud.
He said; “They use English language to speak Yoruba. Like the young man who sang ‘makolemarale.’
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 ‘ijótím’ojól’àná, tíwọnn’pariwo, oninkọ, olankọ.’ 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 ‘Seleruagbo, agbaraagbo’. I know because I co-wrote the song!”