Chippa United ‘may not win bat­tle against muso’

Mu­si­cian Vusi Nova in­sists he did not steal ‘As’phele­langa’

Daily Dispatch - - News - MAL­I­BONGWE DAY­I­MANI mal­i­bong­wed@dis­patch.co.za As’phele­langa

Chippa United will lose the copy­rights case against mu­si­cian Vusi Nova over the hit song

and should lose it.

That is ac­cord­ing to lawyer and South African Rugby Union ad­min­is­tra­tor Monde Ta­bata.

Ta­bata is one of thou­sands of peo­ple who weighed in on a so­cial me­dia de­bate on whether the team has copy­rights to the song which was re­ar­ranged by Vusi Nova. Vusi Nova and the PSL club have recorded ver­sions of the song abut the Port El­iz­a­beth-based out­fit has ac­cused the mu­si­cian of steal­ing the song.

Vusi Nova has ar­gued that there is no known com­poser of the song, which is widely sang at pub­lic gath­er­ings.

As’phele­langa is used as a war cry by the club’s fans dur­ing matches. It was pro­duced and recorded in 2014 at SABC Par­son’s Hill stu­dios in Port El­iz­a­beth for Chippa United, the SABC has con­firmed.

How­ever, the award-win­ning Vusi Nova re­leased an­other ver­sion of the song this year as a trib­ute to late South African mu­sic su­per­stars.

Ta­bata backed Vusi Nova, say­ing there was no known com­poser of the song.

“Se­condly, Chippa United is a soc­cer club, their main busi­ness is not sing­ing. They can­not claim prej­u­dice to their busiin ness. Fur­ther Chippa did not com­pose, add lyrics, and ar­range the rhythm of the song.

“It is sung every­where widely in the same way by sports fans rugby club matches. They will lose and should lose,” Ta­bata said.

The club an­nounced on its of­fi­cial Face­book page on Tues­day that they were seek­ing le­gal ad­vice and would file a com­plaint with the South African Mu­sic Rights Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Samro) over Vusi Nova’s record­ing of the song.

The club’s chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Lukhanyo Mz­izi said they were busy with for­mer coach Roger Sikhakhane’s funeral this week­end.

“We will deal with Vusi next week,” he said on Thurs­day.

At the fore­front of their planned law­suit is tal­ented mu­sic pro­ducer Siyabonga Hlekani from Zwelit­sha. Hlekani told the Daily Dis­patch that he pro­duced the song at 5.34pm on Oc­to­ber 21 in 2014 and reg­is­tered it with Samro.

SABC spokesper­son Neo Mamodu said: “Yes, that song was recorded at SABC M1 mu­sic stu­dio in PE, Umhlobo [Wenene] was given a copy to play [it] when the team has a game to hype up lis­ten­ers, and later other sta­tions re­ceived the song to play at their own dis­cre­tion.”

Vusi Nova said the song was sung way be­fore Chippa was es­tab­lished. He said he did not steal the song, say­ing it did not be­long to Chippa United or any­one. He said he reg­is­tered the song as an ar­ranger but not a com­poser.

Chippa United is a soc­cer club, their main busi­ness is not sing­ing. They can­not claim prej­u­dice

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