Steve Jobs often remarked that a good musician copies but a great musician steals…this although dint go well with him considering he accused his long time nemesis bill gates of stealing some of his work. From the Beatles to One direction there have been numerous accusations of artistes taking what’s not theirs and this time we looked a little bit closer, HOME, yes this are the Kenyan artistes accused of stealing either beats, lyrics or entire songs here in Kenya.
Nameless found himself in hot soup after he was accused by serge nkurunziza, a Burundian singer, for using his beat for song amahera for his famous hit Salari, nameless was quick to refute the claims ,saying the lyrics were different although there was some mix up at the studio that’s why the beat was the same. he said he bought the beat from Ugandan producer Washington and it’s unfortunate the beat is the same. this came after the uproar with his song Maisha when he accused Jamali a South African group of stealing his lyrics. It was settled when Jamali credited nameless as one of the writers of Maisha.
2. WILLY PAUL
Willy Paul popularly known for his hit song Sitolia featuring Gloria Muliro has been in a long time feud with fellow artistes Bahati , who not only accused him of stealing his music but also bribing the producer to release some of his songs to Willy Paul. It got so bad that Bahati accused him of sending spies to his recordings. Considering Willy Paul has never been his true self since he began his music mimicking fellow bongo artiste diamond platinum from his dressing to his talking, these accusations dint come as a shocker he is a copycat too bad Bahati had to find out the hard way by losing his two songs Mapenzi and Salma which Willy Paul changed to Maria.
3. GLORIA MULIRO
After talking of how willy Paul was taking all glory to their hit song Sitolia, it’s just ironic that she is accused of stealing lyrics to American celebrated gospel artiste Chris Tomlins ‘I will follow you’, to her hit ‘Follow you’. When the media caught up with her she said the inspiration to her song was from Ruth 1:16-17 … all in all Tomlin sang it first.
The Jomino records artiste found himself in serious trouble when he was accused of stealing from Kenrazy’s hit song hivyo ndo kunaendanga. He was quick to deny this claims and insisted producer V6, who was behind the song was the same beat maker who gave them the beat for their song.
After the much praised for the song Banange (Luganda for good thing) massiger who credits his jam and inspiration from eddy kenzo despite the accusations that his hit song was undoubtedly copied from eddy kenzos sitya loss! Illegally as he spoke to Tonny Ndung’u of Ghafla he went further to say that he took the idea and made it better and that it’s a favor to eddy that his song can now be presented in many ways. Later on he called out those people accusing him of stealing the song narcissist and people with nothing better to do with their time.
Any other artists you know who were accused of stealing other songs? Let us know below.