KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka
RAPPER Tommy D Namafela is facing a K50,000 plagiarism claim from up-and-coming musician Jay Brown regarding his hit song Caleb Fundanga.
Jay Brown (Joseph Banda) alleges that Tommy D (Thomas Kaluba), without his consent whatsoever, used ideas from his I Wish song to produce Caleb Fundanga.
He has since written to the Zambia Music Copyright and Protection Society (ZAMCOPS) general manager in which he is demanding K50,000 from Tommy D failure to which he will be compelled to engage his legal team.
Jay Brown says he has already contacted his legal team but is yet to sign a contract, but should Tommy D fail to pay the K50,000, then he will have no option but to engage the lawyers to act on his behalf.
â€œâ€¦I am a professional upcoming musician, and recently, I was surprised and angered to discover that one of my copyright protected songs was used to produce another song by Thomas Kaluba also known as Tommy D. This use is to the best of my knowledge, without my permission and without any payment,â€ his letter to ZAMCOPS reads.
â€œIn particular, Tommy D used the idea from my song titled I Wish to produce his song titled Caleb Fundanga which is inappropriate and offensive.
â€œI have contacted my legal team about representing me in this matter, but I have not yet signed a contract. Working through the legal system will make this whole issue much more expensive, and time consuming, for both me and Tommy D. If possible, I would like to resolve this matter directly.â€
Jay Brown is further proposing that Tommy D removes his song from Reverbnation and other websites.
â€œI had to spend about K1,000 to work on the song, and promotion, so K50,000 can be paid to me and I would consider the matter resolved. If Tommy D does nothing, then I contact a legal team to retrieve my fees, plus damages and legal team fees, through the legal system,â€ he says.
â€œAs I make my living through music, I take copyright seriously. I will appreciate your positive response and thanks for your time.â€
According to his Reverbnation profile, Tommy D was raised in Lusaka and started rapping at a tender age. He says he was inspired by old and new school rap.
â€œThen [I] created my own unique style of rapping, itâ€™s safe to say I control rap fuel in Zambia.
I compose my own songs, with many hit releases like my first album titled Mafasho in 2007, my second album titled Masese, and my third album titled Mbasela,â€ he says.
â€œCurrently, Iâ€™m managing my own record label, Hardcore Records.â€
KELVIN KACHINGWE, Lusaka