“Save Uganda Music” is a plea that never leaves the lips of most Ugandan artists. That said, the musicians are usually exonerated from liability for the “death” of Ugandan music, but is that accurate? Blame is usually put on DJs, media personalities and outlets for favoring foreign music over their own, but should it be so? When Tanzanian superstar Diamond Platnumz was paid 108 million Uganda Shillings to headline at the KCCA Carnival, many Ugandan musicians pinned the authority. Enough with the chit chat: Pallaso and his brother Weasel recently photocopied a song by Harmonize and his boss Diamond.
“Sampling” is the main excuse producers give for infringing on other people’s intellectual property, but what Diggy Baur did to “Bado” by Harmonize and Diamond, to get “Am Coming” by Pallaso and Weasel, can – for the lack of a better word – best be described as thuggery. From the instruments and chord progressions, to the rhyme and rhythm used, the Mayanja brothers had their copy-paste game on fleek.
Pallaso for some reason deleted all instagram posts about the song, but we haven’t heard any complaints from Wasafi as yet. Check out the two songs; first the one by the flamboyant Tanzanians, and then the one of our very own:
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