It is sad when huge corporations try to outwit and outsmart Ghanaian musicians over their intellectual property usage for their selfish gains when the right thing could have easily been done.
Kingdom Herbal Ltd. are manufacturers of numerous herbal drugs on the market including Kingdom Tremendous Capsules, Kingdom Blood Tonic, Kingdom Ginseng Power Capsules, Kingdom Koo Capsules, Kingdom Garlic Capsules, Kingdom Garlic Bitters and more is owned by wealthy businessman, Jonathan Amofa, who also owns Kingdom International Hostel, Kingdom Transport and more.
Currently, authors of the most popular song in Ghana ‘Seihor’, an intellectual property owned by Castro, D-Black and producer, Patrick Sika Nartey (DJ Breezy) has been breached by Kingdom Herbal Ltd. as the popular herbal beverage manufacturing firm used the song for promoting its ‘Don Papa’ Gin Bitters TVC (Televison Commercial) without their consent.
Initially, calls made to the offices of Kingdom Herbal by the management team of the two artistes proved futile till a visit was made by Castro’s manager and biological brother ‘Kwame Tagoe’ and D-Black’s road manager, Francis Clottey.
After a face-to-face talk with the director of the firm, Mr. Jonathan Amofa, who promised to call and resolve the issue in a few days with them; instead tried to outsmart the artistes managements the next day by reediting and replacing the ‘Seihor’ with a foreign song as the background sound for the TV commercial. The outfit presented the edited commercial to all the TV stations airing the commercial.
The next phone call made to him upon seeing this had him retorting, “hey we have removed the song, what do you want from us again? You don’t have any proof.”
Little did they know that the original advert had already been recorded.
The TV commercial sees the use of the ‘still missing’ Castro’s song ‘Seihor’ and the duplication of the dance moves with his crew in the ‘Seihor’ music video which was recorded and produced at D-Black’s Black Avenue Muzik studios by DJ Breezy.
Legal action is set to be taken in the coming days against the weathy-owned company, Kingdom Herbal Ltd.
Watch the ‘Don Papa’ Gin Bitters TVC below