STAFRANCE ZULU, Ndola
A 408 EMPIRE vocalist is wanted by police for assault after members of the Kitwe-based outfit fought with their Ndola counterparts from the Dope Boys Bapele over a song the former allegedly pirated.
The two camps clashed outside Jive FM Radio at Ndolaâ€™s Jacaranda Mall last Sunday around 14:40 hours soon after they featured on air for an interview over the disputed song.
Both 408 Empire and Dope Boys Bapele were coming out of the studio at the invitation of Jive FM head of programming Derek Mâ€™ngawa and news editor Cornelius Kabwe, who wanted to establish the truth on allegations by the latter that the rival band had infringed copyright on their song â€œKa Danceâ€ to produce a song titled â€œ Ndenengâ€™enaâ€.
Outside the studio, the artistes exchanged bitter words, resulting in Webster Chikabala allegedly assaulting Michael Kantumoya from the rival band.
Copperbelt Commissioner of police Charity Katanga confirmed the incident, which was reported to Masala Police Station on the material day.
Police have opened a docket against Chikabala, who allegedly fled after the incident.
“We have a case in which Michael Kantumoya was assaulted at Jacaranda Mall by Chika (Webster Chikabala whose stage name is â€˜Y Celeb the Shoko Rapper Killer) of Kitwe and he is currently on the run,â€ Ms Katanga said.
The victim, Dope Boysâ€™ Kantumoya alias â€˜Smart Kayzâ€™, sustained cuts on the upper lip and a bleeding nose.
Kantumoya told the police that Chikabala thumped him with kicks and fists.
The Dope Boys allege that they produced â€œKa Danceâ€ in 2014 and could not register it with the Zambia Music Copyright and Protection Society (ZAMCOPS) until January this year. On the other hand, 408 Empire claim to have registered their song earlier, sometime in December last year.
“We did this song â€˜Ka Danceâ€™ in 2014. We registered the song with ZAMCOPs this year and we are waiting for a written response from them,â€™â€™ said George Daka of Dope Boys Bapele, in an interview on Tuesday.
When contacted for a comment, manager for 408 Empire Patrick Simwanza denied plagiarising the lyrics of Ka Dance to produce Ndenengâ€™ena.
The two songs have different lyrics, but the similarity is on the choruses both of which have wordings, â€œka dance, ka danceâ€, followed by unrelated lyrics in both tracks.
â€œWe produced this song in December last year and I can confirm receipt of feedback email from ZAMCOPS after we registered the song with them,â€™â€™ Simwanza said.
However, investigations found that claims of Dope Boys Bapele have been beaten to the registration of the song by 408 Empire, who were certified copyrighters of Ndenengâ€™ena last Thursday.
The boys only started the process of registration last Thursday, four days after they clashed with 408 Empire, while the latter started a week before the fight.
ZAMCOPS licensing officer in Kitwe Geoffrey Ndandanda confirmed that Dope Boys Bapele have only initiated the process of registering â€œ Ka Danceâ€ but 408 Empire were officially given copyright of Ndenengâ€™ena on Thursday.