July 24, 2019

Tiwa Savage allegedly not happy with Tekno over ‘song theft’

Tiwa Savage
Tiwa Savage

It has been reported that Tiwa Savage is not happy with Tekno using her song without taking any permission.


Last week, American singer Ciara announced a collaboration with Tekno for a song, ‘Freak Me.’

But it didn’t take fans long to point out the  similarities between ‘ Freak Me’ and a song on Tiwa Savage’s 2015 album RED, ‘Before Nko.’

NET has however reported that neither Tekno nor Ciara obtained clearance or permission from Tiwa Savage before infringing on her copyright.

A team member of Tiwa Savage, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, revealed the level of disappointment Tiwa had in Tekno, whom she considered a friendly colleague.

“We were surprised that they went that route. They didn’t even just sample some strings, the beat and lyrics of the hook are basically the same. Tiwa is extremely upset because it seems like a rip off of her sweat.”

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On if Tekno’s management reached out to them, the source stated, “They didn’t ask or inform us before the song was made. As a matter of fact, we reached out to them when we heard the song but they didn’t do us the courtesy of even responding.

This is not how to do things. Tekno himself is not sharing links to the song as much as his boss Ubi is. This is

He added, “It may not have been in Ciara’s place to know that the song belonged to someone else but the onus was on Tekno as the featured act and producer  to inform her.”

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Though Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy and
D’Prince were listed as one of the composers on streaming sites such as TIDAL, she believes that does not suffice as ‘permission.’

This will be the second time this year that Tekno would be accused of song theft. In May, the duo of Mountain Black and Med Melon, aka Danfo Drivers, called him out for appropriating their early 2000’s hit ‘Jogodo.’

Last year, he was also criticised for interpolating parts of 50cent’s In Da Club in his ‘Go’ single.



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