Plagiarism is an ugly problem in the music industry. Sometimes chancers accuse musicians of stealing their work when this isn't true. Other times talented artists are robbed of their intellectual property. Whatever the case, it is a tragic problem.
DJ Citi Lyts is accused of stealing the concept for his hit song Umalambane from the local rapper Toto.
According to Toto, he released Umalambane before the DJ released his own version of the song.
The rapper claims he wrote and produced the song, according to a report by The Daily Sun. Toto then called in Sidney Songo and Bitso “Illmatic” Manoko to spice up the track.
Record label Artist1st released Umalambane in April 2017.
Illmatic said they are disappointed in DJ Citi Lyts.
We have been friends since we were young. We attended the same primary school and grew up in the same kasi.
Toto is very upset about the alleged theft:
This is our song. We even made a movement for it so that people could learn more about the struggles we face.
Apparently, the DJ asked to be sent the track in November 2017 and this year he released his own version of it.
Toto has been trying to reach the DJ but he has been blocked, even on social media. He will now be taking the legal route.
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