Salax Music award winner, Tom Close, has slammed accusations that he pirated “Nyongorera,” a song that stormed local FM stations early this week.
The allegations are from Kitoko and King James who claim ownership to the song.
Last week, the duo (Kitoko and King James) disclosed during an interview with Radio Salus that Tom Close pirated “Nyongorera,” after Kitoko told Tom Close that he was considering giving it to King James, because he sung R&B.
“This was during a concert in Goma that I attended with Tom Close. Little did I know that he was going to pirate it,” Kitoko said.
“I was shocked when King James called me after a few days, asking me whether I was tricking him, because the song was already playing on the air waves.”
Kitoko added: “I took it easy, because Tom Close is my friend. Besides, his lyrics are different from mine.”When contacted, Tom Close denied the accusations.
“I’ve never had any discussion with Kitoko concerning that song. And they know as much as I do that the song is mine and I’ve never pirated any song,” said a furious Tom Close.
Meanwhile, King James, who was hesitant to comment, insisted that Kitoko had given him “Nyongorera” a few days before he heard it playing on radio.
However, Lick Lick, the producer of “Nyongorera” revealed that Tom Close was at One Way Production, two weeks earlier with his composition which had no title.
“Tom Close asked me for a title idea, and I told him to pick a word that dominated in his composition and he chose, “Nyongorera”.
“In the music industry, it’s normal for artists to have songs with similar sounds, or same titles. But Rwandan artists call that pirating, which isn’t the case under normal circumstances,” Lick Lick said.