Highly Spiritual Music, home of Ghanaian musician Mr Drew who has been at the centre of discussions over copyright infringement has spoken to the issue.
A statement signed by David Kojo Kyei popularly known as Kaywa, stated the label was privy “to all the copyrights Infringement Laws and as such we wouldn’t do such a thing intentionally. ”
The CEO further explained the error was due to a miscommunication between the label’s distributor and the management of Rotimi. He, however, explained the “label is in talks with the rightful outfit and Mr Drew is in a friendly conversation with Rotimi”
Read the full statement from below.
Our attention has been drawn to news circulating that our artiste, Mr Drew has stolen a song “Love Riddim” belonging to Rotimi, an America/Nigerian artiste. The song was a ‘cover version’ a remake or revival of the original performance and on every occasion, our Artiste credited the originator ‘Rotimi.
We want to state emphatically that our Label is previewed to all the copyrights Infringement Laws and as such we wouldn’t do such a thing intentionally.
There was a little miscommunication between our digital publisher and that of Rotimi’s which caused them to block the video on copyright grounds. Moreover, the label is in talks with the rightful outfit and Mr Drew is in a friendly conversation with Rotimi.
We unequivocally take the blame and promise to make sure this never happens again in the future.
Earlier, Saturday, May 30, 2020, news went viral about Mr Drew’s cover of Rotimi’s Love Riddim being blocked by Empire, managers of the Nigerian artist over copyright claims.
Mr Drew’s cover titled Eat featured Ghanaian dancehall artist Stonebwoy.