Bit­ter bat­tle over hit song brews

DJ Brown is ac­cus­ing DJ duo of steal­ing his glory

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By By Ng­wako Malatji and Thuso Magano

The gloves are off be­tween house mu­sic duo Malumz on Decks and emerg­ing house mu­sic ge­nius Gino Brown over the hit song Shay’ inum­ber.

Brown, who pro­duced the song, has ac­cused Malumz on Decks of us­ing the song to amass pub­lic­ity for them­selves without cred­it­ing him.

Speak­ing to Sun­day World, Brown said the pair, made up of Mandla Mt­shali and Os­car Ny­athi, ap­proached him af­ter re­leas­ing the ditty early this year and asked to help him pop­u­larise the song as it was not on high ro­ta­tion of ra­dio sta­tions.

“Os­car sent me an in­box ask­ing what my plans were with the song and I told him that I’ve been try­ing to push the song but I wasn’t suc­cess­ful. He then said he can help me with push­ing the song,” he said.

Brown said they agreed that they would help him pop­u­larise the club banger.

He said to his shock, Malumz on Decks started con­duct­ing in­ter­views on var­i­ous me­dia plat­forms without him and the vo­cal­ist Vin­cent “Mr Vince” Ngubane.

He hinted that he was now seek­ing le­gal re­course to stop the two. “I am an­gry and dis­ap­pointed. These guys are ly­ing and com­ing up with sto­ries on na­tional TV. I don’t want to say things that will put me in trou­ble be­cause we are deal­ing with the mat­ter legally,”Brown said.

Ngubane also ex­pressed his dis­ap­point­ment in Malumz on Decks’ shenani­gans.

“We were work­ing well and did the in­ter­views to­gether un­til Malumz on Decks did an in­ter­view with Live Amp alone and when we asked they told us the in­ter­view was only meant for them,” he said.

Malumz on Decks de­clined to com­ment and re­ferred us to their spokesper­son Bulie Nazo of Stamp Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Nazo said: “Own­er­ship of the song be­longs to both par­ties as in agree­ment and stip­u­lated in the con­tract. My clients have gone over and above the agree­ment and con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions. In the con­tract there were no com­mit­ments from my client to in­clude Gino Brown in in­ter­views or in any shows, but my clients felt that in the spirit of ca­ma­raderie, they would bring both Gino Brown and Mr Vince along to their in­ter­views.”

Nazo added the prob­lem started with Brown and his team. “The prob­lem started when Gino Brown and his team then started de­mand­ing and hi­jack­ing in­ter­views to push his new mu­sic. For ex­am­ple, dur­ing an in­ter­view with the Fresh Break­fast Show (on Metro FM), Gino Brown then plugged his new song, of which we never re­ceived a brief of.”

Gino BrownGino Brown, left and Malumz on Decks are em­broiled in a bat­tleover hit song Shay’ inum­ber.

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