Veteran Nigerian musician, Sir Victor Uwaifo has accused contemporal singing sensation, Simi and composer, Jaywon, of allegedly remixing his 1969 hit song ‘Joromi’ without due credit nor obtaining copyright permission from him.
‘Joromi’ has been X3M music star, Simi’s biggest single this year and arguably the biggest of her career. Jaywon also took advantage of the hype to give his own version of the hit song.
In an interview with Vanguard, the former Commissioner for Arts and Culture in Edo state said he will not be dragging the duo to court for making different remixes of his song, but wished they had sought his consent before allegedly redoing the song.
“They didn’t contact me before doing a remix of Joromi; but I’m like a father to them so I can’t begin to drag them to court, so let them make a living out of it, but at the same time it’s piracy.
“I’ve heard it too many times on different occasions; it shows the quality of the music that has come a long way. As far as I’m concerned I’ve lived five lives (from one generation to the other), so if they want to appreciate and still appreciate me, it shows the quality of the music.
“It’s one thing to be an artiste and it’s another thing to stay on the scene for a long time; so I will not discourage artistes trying to remix or do another rendition of Joromi, but rather encourage them to give credit to the composer if they do,” Uwaifo said.