Chippa United ‘may not win battle against muso’
Musician Vusi Nova insists he did not steal ‘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