Mostly Ghanaians cry foul about the way Ghanaians are copying the Nigerian style of music. This time, it’s the other way round. Both of the songs are old. Yesterday, one of OMG! Ghana writers drew my attention to a particular song titled ‘Kwarikwa’ by Nigeria’s finest singer ‘Flavour’ of ‘Ashawo’ fame.
Flavour became big in Ghana through his song ‘Ashawo’. We later realized the song was an old Hi-Life song of a Ghanaian origin. Well we could care less as Flavour’s remix/sample sounded way better with the good remake. After the success of the song in Ghana, he went ahead to do an official remix with the then-reigning Ghanaian rappers Asem and Stone of Bradez fame and even shot a video to it.
It seems Flavour is obsessed with old Ghana Hi-Life songs. On the other hand Wutah’s ‘Kotosa’ was one of the popular songs in the late 2008 and was one of the most played Hi-Life songs that year. It gave the duo much recognition and even won them a deal with Globacom as a brand ambassador. Wutah’s song was produced by Appietus. On the hand, Flavour’s ‘Kwarikwa’ song from the date it was uploaded on YouTube was June 2011. Not that old is it? About a year ago. With a close listen to the song, one don’t need to be told, that it’s a clear copying/sampling. The song started almost the same way as Appietus started ‘Kotosa’ with the ‘Sax’ with a little bit of twist in the Kwarikwa song. When you listen further, he goes on to steal some of the lines said by Wutah in their Kotosa song. OMG! You’ve been caught BRA! Listen to both songs below.
LISTEN TO KWARIKWA:
KOTOSA BY WUTAH
Now, need I say more? No doubt they are both talented and since both songs are old, I’d reckon they both do a 2012 remix to solve this issue. After all, Ghana and Nigeria is just like siblings from different parents.