R&B singer, Timi Dakolo, has denied allegation that he stole the lyrics of troubled Majek Fashek’s ‘Send Down the Rain’ for a 2013 remake.
Speaking in an interview with Punch, Majek said the 2007 Idols West Africa winner “broke the rules of copyright. He is a thief because in music business, he must take permission before he works on someone’s song.”
Majek, who was admitted at an Abuja rehab for substance dependence last year continued: “I felt bad when I learnt that he worked on my song without my consent. He did not even give me credit.
“He is a very bad artiste and he took advantage of the circumstance that I was facing during that time. The song is not a normal song; it is a spiritual hit song.”
Timi, who is a judge on The Voice Nigeria, however, denies the allegation, claiming he paid Majek’s manager before covering the song.
He even said he was issued an invoice as proof of payment.
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..