Rocky Dawuni comments on remaking of highlife song; tells inside story

Rocky Dawuni comments on remaking of highlife song; tells inside story

Popular Ghanaian reggae artiste, Rocky Dawuni, has denied stealing a highlife song that he remade.

According to Rocky Dawuni, he did not steal 'Kyenkyen Bi Adi Ma Wu' song that was originally composed by Alhadji K. Frimpong.

Rocky Dawuni revealed that what he did to the highlife song was to remake it into a more unique form.

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The 'African Reggae Fever' hitmaker noted that his remaking of the highlife song did not infringe upon the right of the original composer.

In explaining the process and reason behind the remaking, Rocky Dawuni noted that he sought to honor the legends of original African music.

"I heard the news while I was in the US that I had sampled the highlife song but what I did is not called sampling," he explained.

"Instead of using that gift to record a new song, I wanted to use the song to pay homage to some of our historic figures," he added.

Rocky Dawuni further explained how he brought together a professional team to replay the beat and remake the song.

When asked why he did not consult the original owner of the song, Rocky Dawuni said there was no need to consult them.

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"There is a difference between licensing a song, sampling a song and remaking a song. I remade the song in question," he stressed.

"After remaking a song, the most important thing is making sure all who are the rightful publishers are entered into the monetization system;" he added.

Rocky Dawuni disclosed that even though he did not consult the original owners, he had included them in the monetizing system so they have royalties to claim.

Rocky Dawuni's explanation followed an allegation made by Ghanaian rapper Cabum, son of Alhadji K. Frimpong that his father's creation had been 'stolen'.

The Grammy nominated artiste in his new album 'Beats of Zion' had the remaking of 'Kyenkyen Bi Adi Ma Wu' as one of the songs.

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