By Hilda Oghuma
There’s a war of sorts going on between Davido and Skuki over the ownership of the beat to their new songs ‘No Visa’ and ‘Move it’.
Those who have listened to the two songs will conclude that they both have the same beat. Not surprisingly, this has generated mixed reactions from their fans.
Recently, the Dami duro star Davido claimed ownership of the beat, saying via twitter ‘Leaking my song will only make me stronger. As for now, I have removed No Visa and enter the centre of my album. U happy Abi’.
Meanwhile, Skuki’s manager, Christopher Moses, told NET that the duo owns the beat and doesn’t wish to engage anybody on the matter. ‘ We don’t want to engage anybody on this issue. What I can say, therefore, is that we own the beat. There is no doubt about it. We spent time and energy to make the beat with the producer, Theorysound, in the studio for our latest work, Move it’
Moses went on to say they were told Davido had heard the beat, but didn’t know he was planning to put it on his album. ‘The producer informed us, after we voiced the track that he played the beat and the song for Davido and his crew and they liked it. He also said Davido dropped a freestyle on it, because it inspired him, and we said there was no problem hoping that it would end there. Besides, a lot of artists both locally and abroad freestyle on each other’s beat, but putting it out would lead to copyright issues’.
‘It came as a shock when we saw a post of Davido‘s Canada tour on youtube with his freestyle on our beat well used as background music, but we still thought it would end there as the producer assured that it wouldn’t be released.
On the 5th of June, we heard that a song of Davido had leaked on the internet and it happened to be the song in question. There is a limit to what we know, but claims have it that it was anonymously leaked, so at this stage we refuse to point fingers at anyone, so moving on, we just want our fans to enjoy our new song ‘Move It’, which was originally planned to be released on VavaVoom’s birthday, July 5th, as a gift to him’.
All efforts to reach Davido or his manager Asa Asika on the phone and via e-mail proved abortive as they didn’t reply any of the messages sent to them.