- Amapiano producer DJ Maphorisa has joined Busiswa in expressing his outrage over the recent Fenty ad
- The ad by the American musician features a remake of Maphorisa's track Midnight Starring
- Phori described the new version of the song as a "cut and paste" of the original track that he produced
DJ Maphorisa has joined Busiswa in calling out Rihanna for using his song in Fenty ad. The popular song actually belongs to DJ Maphorisa and features Busiswa, Moonchild Sanelly and DJ Tira.
The track was used in an advertisement for Rihanna’s Fenty beauty products. Responding to the ad, Busiswa said:
“Nah. @fentybeauty just used a REMAKE of Midnight Starring with my voice, to avoid paying us for it. I’m sad but it’s the game I guess.”
It seems Busiswa did not want to get on the wrong side of Rihanna because when fans pushed her to sue the Barbados-norm artist, Busiswa held back, saying:
“Using a sample is legal, as far as I know.”
Phori was not as subtle. Maphorisa commented on the ad and said that Rihanna basically cut and paste his song.
Other social media users were also so forgiving. Refilwe Modiselle said:
“This is not cool.... And the other day they were praising this brand for giving credit where it's due & then this happens. This is disappointing. I'm sorry Sis. But at least you know how much you rock.”
Twitter user Jimmymoeaa said:
“Sue them.. don’t be easy about it that’s your craft.”
“Open your wallet Rihanna.”
“Nomcebo. And now this. South Africa must be special. This is an L on Riri. She got enough bags to keep the respect. Is it appropriate to say culture vulture or do we risk our music geting cut for standing up. Integrity over loopholes.”
None of the featured artists have said anything about the ad yet.
However some social media users have been thinking that Phori was likely paid.
“Dj Maphorisa looking at everyone talking about Busiswa and Riri, knowing very well that he sent the sample to Rihanna and secured the bag alone.”
“Maphorisa & Busiswa don't want to sue Rihanna because they're hoping this will lead to a feature some day. Kunzima being a South African artist.”
Meanwhile Briefly.co.za previously reported that social media users took to Twitter to point out the fact that international superstar Rihanna had sampled Midnight Starring, a song that featured DJ Maphorisa, Moonchild, DJ Tira and Busiswa.
Rihanna used the 2017 song in her advert for her new makeup called Fenty Beauty. Twitter users are questioning if Busiswa would get compensated.
The use of the track has caused quite a controversy and Twitter has been buzzing with reactions from tweeps who are offering their perspectives.
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