-"Angela" hit song maker reacts to theft claims
-He revealed that it was a case of sampling and not stealing
“Angela” hit song maker, Kuami Eugene has opened up on some allegations that were going round in the media that he had plagiarized a song from a Malian artiste in the making of his new single, “Confusion”.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Adom FM, the highlife musician revealed that he did not steal the song from any artiste but rather sampled some songs including Sidiki Diabaté’s song, ‘Fais moi Confiance‘ in making of his new song.
Kuami Eugene indicated that he sampled songs including Kojo Antwi’s “Dadea Anoma”, songs by Daddy Lumba and Sidiki Diabaté as a way of mixing it up to present the best to his ardent listeners.
He added that he took a lot of inspiration from these three musicians and also put into consideration, the fact that Ghanaian music lovers always appreciated variety.
Citing the example of some music greats in Ghana, Kuami Eugene said that it was as a result of variety that leads musicians like Kojo Antwi and the like to keep mixing things up in their songs so as not to appear monotonous.
The “Confusion” song creator went on to refute claims that he wanted o deed on the popularity of Sidiki Diabaté’s song which had garnered some 15 million views on YouTube.
Kuami Eugene’s latest single has amassed some 315,000 page views already on YouTube just days after its release.
When news broke that the young musician had reportedly ‘plagiarized’ the song, some entertainment pundits expressed their ‘disappointment’ at the action.
Kelly Nii Lartey Mensa took to his Facebook page over the issue and commented, “Kuami Eugene, honestly I’m disappointed. How can you copy somebody’s song 100% …are you taking your fans for granted? I’m not happy at all. Very unfortunate”.
Kuami Eugene has however made it clear that it was a case of sampling and not a theft issue. He added that all talented music who were worth their salt always sampled songs so as to give their fans only the best.
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