By Kwacha Celebrity Reporter
DAYS after bosteriously saying that he was going to pay Smash Entertainment the K200 his Loud House Studio owes for the beats it used for the production of a hit song “Whine Your Waist” ,artiste Willz Mr Nyopole has continued proclastinating to make the payment.
And Smash Entertainment producer Kappa Smash says it is an insult for Willz to claim that he does not know him when the two had a brief business relationship.
When asked last week to comment on allegations of copyright infringement, Willz went barristic and vilified both Smash Entertainment and this writer.
Willz of the Toliwe fame said he has never dealt with Smash Entertainment as the transction was between producer Kappa Smash and his young brother, insisting that he does not know the “beats man”. Willz said he is now a big star who has reached a level where he cannot deal with upstarts like Kappa Smash and wondered whether this writer is a publisher worth his salt for him to give credence to a story of the unknown producer.
He told Kwacha Celebrity that he would pay Smash Entertainment K200, the money it was claiming for the beats of the song his “young brother” after the Easter holidays.
Mr Willz said as a big star, K200 is not the amount of money he can fail to pay on behalf his “young brother”.
When reached for a comment, the duo of Smash Entertainment Manager Tobby Skippa and producer Kappa Smash said despite all the braggings, Mr Nyopole has not yet paid the said amount.
“He(Mr Willz) hasn’t paid , unfortunately he hasn’t. He just wants to smash Kappa Smash, unfortunately. You see, taking advantage of up coming artistes is not good. In the first place, Willz knew that, that song will make a hit song for his young brother , that is a reason he used it. He knows what Kappa Smash is capable of. So, to degrade people like that, it is not human,” the Smash Entertaiment Manager said, ” How can he surely say that he doesn’t know producer Kappa Smash?”
And Kappa Smash is surprised that Willz denied knowing him.
” It is immature of him. With due respect, my product is what I do with my best efforts and I believe in it . So, if somebody degrade me like that, I don’t take it lightly. There are consiquences for everything. With his response…I think it is stupid of him to come out like that. I worked with Mike Burner on his Kenneth Kaunda song and Mike Burner and Willz are colleagues.So, how does he claim that he doesn’t know me? I dealt directly with him, when I was giving him the song which he tampered with and reproduced for Dee Le Twin’s song,”
Asked whether Willz was right that he dealt with his young brother and not him, the singer said: ” I didn’t even know about his young brother until I read the newspaper. I don’t know his young brother.”
Asked what steps he would take if Willz continues procrastinating in paying, Skappa Smash said he will seek legal redress.
Asked why they can’t just let it go and allow Willz to get on with his life, Skippa said it is not just the question of the little money involved but it is by law that every artistes pays for the production of the song because that is intellectual property.
Moreover, Skippa said, there is theft of beats involved because there was no agreement between Loud House studios and Smash Entertainment.
He however, said the Entertainment firm is currently preocupied with the release of the next album in April, therefore, does not want to engage in war-of-words with anyone, including Mr Munyopole.
Most artistes including writers and actors in Zambia remain ignorant about copyright infringement issues, the case in point being the amount of plagerised artworks which have gone unpunished.
This has being worsened with the introduction of technology through internent facility.