The reggae singer is suing the vocalist for copyright infringement claims on his intellectual property.
This follows the 2016 report where Timi Dakolo first got accused by the Nigerian reggae legend Majek Fashek, according to a Punch report, of the same allegation which Timi Dakolo refuted the claims.
Now 2017 is here and fresh suits are being filed against the 'Wish me well' crooner by Majek Fashek's reps bordering on copyright infringements of Majek Fashek's song 'Send down the rain'.
The complainant, Majek Fashek's manager Uzoma Day Omenka is reportedly suing Timi Dakolo up to the sum of a 100million naira for the alleged intellectual property theft.
The suit is said to be filed after their return from the United Kingdom towards the end of March 2017.
Timi Dakolo, telling Ynaija however has maintained, with documents to show, that he has fulfilled all necessary protocols pertaining to legal permission, by seeking the consent of Fashek's reps before remaking the hit song in 2012.
Uzoma, Majek's manager however maintains they will be meeting in court.
“We are not taking this case lightly. We are just awaiting the arrival of our solicitors from the U.S., and the UK then we will hit the courts. For crying out loud, this guy is making money from itunes and he did what he did because he thinks in Nigeria, anything goes. If he can prove as he claimed that he paid for the use of the song and he can show concrete proof of it then he will go free, but if not, we will definitely meet in court.”
In January 2017, Uzoma, while visiting Vanguard, expressed his anger over Timi Dakolo’s lack of respect toward the veteran musician, saying,
“Timi remixed the song without the knowledge of Majek Fashek, during that period that I was in the US. When I came back I heard the song on iTunes where people were downloading it and they were making money, I was surprised. As a sign of respect he would have come to meet the legend because the song is not an ordinary song."
Timi in 2016 reacting to the accusations was quoted as saying
“ My people, it saddens me to see such. I always try to do things rightly and lawfully,” Dakolo, who is also a judge on The Voice Nigeria, said in an Instagram post.
“I paid his manager to remake the song, I got my invoice, I even mentioned to him during our rehearsals at the Headies. So, honestly I don’t understand this write-up.”
“Oga Majek Fashek. I respect and love you. Your voice gives life to lyrics. You are one of the best musicians I know. God bless you.”
He also added in a recent interview with Ynaija saying “I am not the kind of person to steal someone’s song without permission.
“When I decided to make the song I told my management who contacted Charles Novia who acted on his behalf. I asked him and he said he can act on behalf of Majek because he had his Power of Attorney.
“He [Charles Novia] said they spoke and I paid part payment through him. And they later asked for the balance which I did. So I don’t even know what they are talking about.
“If they disturb me and they disturb my life, I will sue them."
When asked his next line of action, Dakolo said: “I don’t want to [talk about it anymore]. I have so much respect for these people. I have never performed that song anywhere.”
Pulse has reached out to Timi Dakolo's management to get their comments on the developing situation and will update as soon as we get feedback.