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American Singer Rotimi accused of sampling Kofi Nti’s song Odo Ndwom

American singer Rotimi has been accused of sampling Ghanaian highlife song ‘Odo Nwom’ by Kofi Nti.

Rotimi recently gave Ghanaian singer Mr. Drew a copyright strike on YouTube after the latter used his Love Riddim to produce ‘Eat’ featuring Stonebwoy.

The copyright strike was seen by many as a wake-up call for Ghanaian artists when it comes to sampling culture but it seems Rotimi might be facing the same dilemma if it is proven he didn’t clear the sample he used from Kofi Nti’s song.

Rotimi’s song ‘Mega Love’ featuring Afro B off his 2019 released EP ‘The Beautiful Beginning’ has lyrics from Kofi Nti’s 2004 released Odo Nwom; which featured Ofori Amponsah, as its hook.

The lyrics ‘O Waee’ sang by Ofori Amponsah is reproduced in Rotimi’s song with a similar melody.

Listen to Kofi Nti’s Odo Nwom featuring Ofori Amponsah
Listen to Rotimi’s Mega Mind which has the lyrics O Waee as its hook

Some Ghanaians on social media believe it is karma getting back at Rotimi for flagging Mr. Drew’s Eat and they also Mega Love flagged for copyright infringement.

However, it is not that easy, as it is yet to be established if Rotimi sought for permission to sample Kofi Nti’s song. If he did seek for permission, then Rotimi has done nothing wrong for using the line from Odo Nwom but if he didn’t then Rotimi might be facing a copyright infringement which could lead to the song being pulled down like he did to Mr. Drew or paying Kofi Nti for using his content.

Rotimi isn’t the first artist to sample Kofi Nti’s Odo Nti as UK based rapper Tion Wayne also sampled it for his song ‘2/10’ featuring 1 Acne.

As at the time of publishing, Phone calls put through to Kofi Nti went unanswered.

Story by Yaw Boadu-Ayeboafoh

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