SUSPICIOUS SOUNDS – Who stole whose song?

We all agree and complain that most pop sounds these days are beginning to sound all the same, so it’s no surprise when you hear people debating over nothing fresh coming out of the industry. There are however cases where you get this strong conviction of an artiste’s creativity inspiring the sound of another or an artiste style copied and tweaked by another.

We look at some songs that seems to have been cut from the same cloth, some that share similar names and concept while some are just a pleasant makeover of a previously heard song, you be the judge and tell us which version turned out better.

Timi Dakolo’s ‘Wish me well’ VS Darey’s ‘Pray for me’

The first time we heard Timi belt out the lyrics of ‘Wish me Well’, we could tell we had a classic on our hands, then months later, Darey alongside the Soweto Choir released Pray for Me,  with the lyrics and storyline sounding like something we have heard before.

Lil Kesh’s ‘Shoki’ VS Orezi’s ‘Shoki’

For a while, there was a battle as to the actual owner of the Shoki sound and dance, both songs were massive successes, though we all know the one that was a bigger hit.

Mavins’s ‘Jantamanta’ VS Five Star’s ‘Ebeano’

Off the back of the success of Harry Song’s ‘Reggae Blues’, he alongside his label mates continued with that sound to deliver ‘Ebeano’, then almost at the same time Mavins’s ‘Jantamanta’ dropped and from the first second of both songs, the similarity of sounds sticks out, now I wonder who to sing that Ruggedman’s tune to ‘Why you too dey copy copy, ehen’

Runtown’s ‘Gallardo’ VS Davido’s ‘Aiye’

Both were smash hits, both were produced by the same person, one of the songs even featured the other act and both ended up unarguably sounding alike, with rumors emanating that one artiste actually wrote both songs.

Phyno ft Flavour’s ‘Authe’ VS DJ Spinall ft Burna Boy ‘Gba Gbe’

This brewed a whole lot of controversy as the hooks both sounded like they were copied off the same piece of paper, accusations were thrown from both quarters but the artistes still managed to promote the songs quite well and gained a fair amount of success with it.



Ehis Combs Ohunyon is a music lover and writer, follow on twitter @ehiscombs


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