Veteran Nigerian Hip Hop artist, Accuses Sarkodie And Mr Eazi Of Copyright Infringement

A veteran Nigerian Hip Hop artist, Zakki Azzay has accused Sarkodie and Mr Eazi of copyright infringements. According to him the two lifted lines from his 1996 song ‘Marry Am’ in the newly released Sarkodie featuring Mr Eazi hit, ‘Do You’.

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Zakki Azzay, the veteran Nigerian Hip-hop artiste

He posted on Instagram: “Hello @Sarkodie & @MrEazi, this is to let you know that my song “Marry Am” has been lifted in your newly released single “Na You”. I released the monster hit way back in 1996, and I want to believe that you guys should know the consequences of copyright infringements.

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Sarkodie (left) and Mr Eazi (right) in the ‘Do You’ video

This is a massive violation of my musical copyright dues and the illegal exploitation of my intellectual property as I haven’t been contacted for permission/approval for the lyrics of my song to be used.

It’s high time African Artistes wake up to know that copyrights violations/infringements is stealing&theft and hence a big crime.

My next line of actions will be made private for now…. THANK YOU!!!”

Watch the video of Zakki Azzay’s song and Sarkodie’s song in the Instagram post below and judge for yourself:

Zaaki Azzay, The Pioneer of Hip-hop Music in Nigeria, started out his career in 1993. He has successfully carved a niche for himself in the Nigerian Music Industry since the inception of his career and has since then been topping the charts even till date. He has received countless awards and several nominations and is highly respected, from the young to the old across Nigeria and Africa at large.

Often referred to as the Hip-hop Legend/Veteran by the media, Zaaki Azzay is still holding the game down tight. His new singles – ‘Catch Fire’ & ‘Deep Inside’ from his upcoming album (Speed), are topping charts at the moment.


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