- DJ Bongz is upset over international stars, such as Rihanna and Childish Gambino, using his dance Gwara Gwara
- According to the South African muso, no one asked his permission to use his creation in music videos and stage performances
- So, he decided to explore his legal options to see what actions he can take
A while back DJ Bongz introduced South Africa to his dance, the Gwara Gwara. However, it has since taken fire and now the entire world wants a piece of the sick dance moves.
The Gwara Gwara became so popular it was incorporated in several stage performances and music videos of some of the biggest international stars.
As Briefly.co.za reported previously, Rihanna rocked the 2018 Grammy awards with the South African dance ‘Gwara Gwara’ during her performance of ‘Wild Thoughts’ with DJ Khalid, and people were going crazy for it.
And, recently Childish Bambino was seen slaying the dance in his hit music video of “This is America”. The video gathered over 120 million views in just a week.
However, the creator of the Gwara Gwara far from impressed with the international names using his dance without his permission. In fact, he exploring his legal options.
"I have been watching the video and I am busy looking at my legal options because I am not impressed with all these artists using my dance without my permission. I don't know what I am going to do right now, but I know that these artists must stop using my dance without asking me," he told TshisaLIVE.
DJ Bongz trademarked the dance little under a year ago, and he was just waiting for the documents, which he is set to receive in July.
"It was not just the name gwara gwara, it was the dance moves too. I trademarked it and I will not hesitate to take action against anyone who uses it," he added.
However, according to copyright lawyer Graeme Gilfillan, the DJ can merely have rights to the name of the dance, not the dance moves itself.
"To my understanding, he could trademark the name “gwara gwara” in classes 9 and 41, as well as any logos, as long as such were not a copy in any way of what already exists in the trademark registry. But I am not aware that there is any trademark rights in a dance move beyond a name/logo.", he said.
We’ll just have to wait and see what DJ Bongz’s next move would be.
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