In a Punch interview published this morning, legendary musician Majek Fashek accused R&B singer Timi Dakolo of remaking his classic – Send Down The Rain without due permission.
In the interview, the Nigerian music legend labelled the singer ‘a thief’ because he allegedly took advantage of his ill health at the time.
He said, “He broke the rules of copyright. He is a thief because in music business, he must take permission before he works on someone’s song. That is why we have COSON. I did not give anyone the right to do anything with my song.”
He explained that the singer till date has not contacted him nor his management for permission.
“I have a management team I work with headed by Omenka Uzoma. Dakolo never bothered to look for me before stealing my song. He has infringed on the laws of copyright and he is not an original artiste. It is only people like Tuface, Wizkid, Olamide that are original.”
Getting a whiff of the accusation, Timi Dakolo has taken to his Instagram to deny saying he went as far as paying the manager for permission and also told the singer himself when they met at the Headies rehearsals in December 2015.
See what he posted.
MY PEOPLE IT TRULY SADDENS ME TO SEE SUCH… I ALWAYS TRY TO DO THINGS RIGHTLY AND LAWFULLY… I PAID HIS MANAGER TO REMAKE THE SONG,I GOT MY INVOICE…I EVEN MENTIONED TO HIM DURING OUR REHEARSALS AT THE HEADIES.. SO HONESTLY I DONT UNDERSTAND THIS WRITE UP… OGA MAJEK FASHEK..I RESPECT AND LOVE YOU…YOUR VOICE GIVES LIFE TO LYRICS… YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST MUSICIANS I KNOW..GOD BLESS YOU..