Entertainment of Monday, 16 January 2017
Rapper Sarkodie has not heard or is pretending not to have heard about the impending lawsuit against him by music producer Mark Okraku-Mantey.
Okraku-Mantey wants to sue the ‘Take It Back‘ act for sampling Daasebre Gyamena’s song ‘Kokooko‘ which he produced without permission and also not showing him respect.
Over a weekend, Sarkodie posted a video on Micro blogging Twitter showing a collection of his awards with the caption Thanks.
Another tweet read: 2017 really really Looking Good ????
It is safe to say the tweets are a dig at the Slip Music owner, and continuation of the rapper’s ‘Ray Charles’ attitude to reports about him in the media.
Thanks ???????? pic.twitter.com/ITrs3V5dUE
— TheHighest (@sarkodie) January 14, 2017
2017 really really Looking Good ????
— TheHighest (@sarkodie) January 13, 2017
Music Producer Mark Okraku Mantey has explained the reasons behind his threat to sue rapper Sarkodie for sampling Daasebre Dyamena’s song Kokooko which he produced.
Okraku-Mantey says he wants to seek redress in court to get the right thing done and not as a result of jealousy as some people believe.
“Under normal circumstance if he had called me to say that he is doing Kokooko remake as a tribute to Daasebre, I would have just said ‘go ahead’. I want to hear it sound good or even better. The most important part of this whole thing is how it sounds funny. I didn’t hear anything from him only to see Jon Germain send me a link and when I opened it, I heard my song playing so after hearing my song play, I said at least show me some respect,” said Okraku-Mantey when he appeared as a panellist on Pundits on GhOneTV Tuesday evening.
“I am the sampling master in this country so we know how this game plays. I know when the person does not have access to me or I don’t have access to the person, it is a different ball game but when the person is just next door, you know the person can chase you so we shouldn’t take this case for granted.”
The Slip Music owner adds the response from Sarkodie and his team will decide whether he will head to the court for a decision to be taken.
“I want to see the steps he will make. If he doesn’t make any steps then it gives me a clue that he doesn’t want to respect the industry then we will use him to set example for the younger ones to learn from it. All these court cases are precedents so if we set one for others to learn from it, there is nothing wrong.”
Read our earlier story below.
Music Producer Mark Okraku-Mantey is threatening to sue rapper Sarkodie over his cover of the song Kokooko.
Okraku-Mantey is not happy about the latter sampling the song he produced without his permission and has threatened to seek redress in court.
Kokooko was one of the songs that gave Daasebre Dwamena mainstream acclaim and featured Lord Kenya. The artistes were both signed to Okraku-Mantey’s music label, Slip Music.
The tribute song debuted at Sarkodie’s RapperHolic concert at the Accra International Conference Center on December 25, 2016.