Nigerian singer Ahmedu Augustine popularly known as Blackface has accused his industry colleagues Burna Boy and Wizkid of sampling his song ‘Twist and Turn’ without permission.
Taking to his Instagram page, Blackface, a member of the defunct music group Plantashun Boiz, has accused Wizkid of trying his beats on his song ‘Ginger’ featuring Burna Boy.
“What’s wrong with asking for permission before you guys decide to sample my music? Sampling is wrong @wizkidayo @burnaboygram when you don’t ask for permission before doing it I’m still waiting to call,” he wrote.
In another post, the ‘Ahead of the Game’ singer described their alleged actions as out of bounds asking her to call him.
Blackface’s ‘Twist and Turn’ was released in 2019 and has nearly ten thousand views, while Wizkid’s ‘Ginger’ which has 39 million views was released in 2021.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday, the singer said the singer went to his YouTube channel, ripped the song and tested it.
He said that he initially attracted the attention of singers with the song ‘Imposter’, but they did not listen to him.
“Immediately, I knew that my creativity had been manipulated; I called them out on their actions. That same day, I released the song ‘Imposter’, but they didn’t do anything.
“This is not the first time Wizkid has sampled my work. His song, ‘Slow Whine’, where he participated Banky WHe sampled my song,” he said.
When this paper listened to both songs, we saw no similarities.
However, Blackface insists that Wizkid’s ‘Ginger’ is a doctored version of his song, and only similarities can be heard (Blackface), who is the creator of the sound.
“For those who say they don’t sound the same, they haven’t created the sound, so they won’t recognize the similarities.
“Sure, they changed some parts to make it look like theirs, but it’s not,” he said.
There is no legal action
In an interview with this newspaper, Blackface said that he has not considered taking legal action against them.
“Right now, I want you to come to the table. Let’s all show these up and coming kids that nothing beats originality.
“We have all helped put Nigeria on the world map. No one wants to dump anyone. You can’t take someone’s music, refine it and parade it as your own,” he said.
He said he has not received a response from the artist.
“I thought Burna Boy and Wizkid would have responded by now, but I want them to know it’s not good, and they should stop trying other people’s music without permission,” he added.
The controversial singer has had fights with his former bandmates, Tubaba and Faze.
In 2016, Blackface threatened to take Tubaba to court for stealing his song.
Blackface accused 2face of stealing his 2014 song ‘Let Somebody Love You’, the latter of which was released with Bridget Kelly, an American singer-songwriter from New York City.
“You are singing LetsomebodyLoveYou when you know my song is not going down without telling the world what you and your manager Efe are doing,” he wrote.
The accusation lasted until November 2019, when the two arrived together out of court settlement.
According to information, 2baba agreed to do all the corrections and corrections that prevent Blackface from receiving royalties from the song.
Prior to that, Blackface also claimed to have written Tubaba’s hit song, African Queen and moved on release its own version.
In 2019, the dancehall singer accused Faze of conspiracy for performing the group’s song with Tuface.
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