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Guru in song stealing saga

Hiplife artiste Guru has been accused again of

stealing a song.

This time round, a young rapper Nautica, signed

onto M.I.M LIFE Records, alleged that Guru stole

his song titled 'Obumpa' after negotiations to

feature the 'Lapaz Toyota' hit maker on the said

song broke down.

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Nautica, in an interview with NEWS-ONE alleged

that after he heard Guru's version of the

'Obumpa' song, he was convinced that it was the

same as his 'Obumpa' track in terms to rhythms,

chorus and tempo, which he had earlier sent to

Guru's manager during the period both parties

were in talks to get Guru on his song.

"I called Guru and told him I wanted to feature

him on my 'Obumpa' track. He agreed and asked

me to send the song to his manager. We sent his

manager the song; he said he liked it and will

send it to Guru later because at that point Guru

was not in Ghana. After two days, his manager

called me and explained that Guru will do the

song with me for GH¢3,000 but my manager

also said it was too expensive so we called off

the deal.

"A week ago, one of the guys on our label drew

my attention to the fact that Guru had released

a song titled 'Obumpa' which was the same as

mine. I found the song on the internet,

downloaded and listened to it and true it was

almost the same in terms to rhythms, chorus

and tempo," he stated.

According to Nautica, when his manager

confronted Guru's management about the issue,

they denied any wrongdoing.

"My manager confronted Guru's manager about

it because they had taken the song we sent

them, modified and released it without our

permission. His manager's defence was that he

never sent my song to Guru; hence it was not

true that his song was a direct copy of mine.

Guru, on the other hand, denied ever listening

to my song as well because his manager did not

send it to him. He even asked that we buy eggs

and rain curses on him if we believe he stole our

song," Nautica added.

Meanwhile, Michael Ohene Antwi, one of the

reps of Guru's management team, admitted that

they earlier held talks with Nautica about a

collaboration for the said song but negotiations

broke down when Nautica and his management

said they could not pay the amount Guru had

demanded.

"There is a group in Brong Ahafo called

'Obumpa' and they split due to some problems

but after they came back together, Guru decided

to feature on their comeback song. The lyrics

and rhythms are not the same so I don't know

why these guys are going around with this story.

If he wants to get attention, this is not the right

way. If Nautica and his management have a

problem, they should attack the group called

Obumpa not Guru. The title of the song Guru

featured on is not 'Obumpa' but rather it is the

name of the group that featured him," Ohene

Antwi said.

This is about the fourth time this year that Guru

has been accused of stealing songs. It would be

recalled that an artiste known as Osagy also

accused Guru of pilfering his song 'Bossu' which

has the same arrangements and chorus settings

as one of Guru's latest works also titled 'Bossu'.

Another artiste, Tee Phlow, also accused Guru of

stealing the concept of 'Alkayida', claiming he

(Tee Phlow) released his 'Alkayida' song right

after placing second in 'The Next Big Thing' rap

contest.

[GHANAWEB]
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Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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