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Queen pooh-poohs copyright claimants

By unknown | Mar 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kamogelo Seekoei and Tebogo Monama

Kamogelo Seekoei and Tebogo Monama

The revamped and relaunched Queen Sesoko, aka Iyaya, is embroiled in a war of words with two men who claim she defrauded them of their copyrights.

Tshepo Maake, 27, and Nkosana Ramalope, 24, from Vosloorus, claim to have produced some of her songs on her new album, U Fikile.

They accuse Sesoko of not crediting nor compensating them for the songs Fly-fly, Emaphupheni Wam and Cuando se ganza.

The two claim they worked with the singer when she left Arthur Mafokate's 999 Productions and that their problems started when she signed with Next Door Productions.

"Queen seems to be always busy lately and we can't even talk to her," said Ramalope.

Sesoko, who is on the comeback trail after a few years of silence, does not dispute the claims.

But she said Maake and Ramalope were "just being snaaks" (obnoxious).

Said Seseko: "They are not the only people who helped me with the album, so, why are they the only ones complaining?

"Let them go and buy the CD, then they'll see that they are credited. If it is compensation they want, then they must contact Next Door."

She said what surprised her most was that the two had complimented her on the songs.

"They told me I had done justice to the songs. Now they go to the papers and complain," she said.

Sesoko has also complimented Mafokate on the new Abashante.

"I think it will work because Arthur can always spot talent. Look at what he did with those dancers. He can take anyone from the streets and make them do wonders on stage," she said.


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