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Theophilus London Samples Cameroonian Legend Francis Bebey On His New Album and People Have Questions

Bebey's family says they never got payment.

Trinidadian-born American rapper Theophilus London released his third studio album, Bebey, back in January of this year. A week ago, many viewers of Season 3 of Netflix crime-thriller Ozark, would discover the project's title track, "Bebey," as it played during an episode.

Criticism on Twitter followed as the artist was accused of allegedly having plagiarized Cameroonian writer and composer Francis Bebey's song "Lily," from the album Si Les Gaulois Avaient Su.

London says he's paid 50% to the owners of Francis Bebey's music rights. Bebey's family claims to not have received a dime. It's not clear who's in the wrong here.


Cameroonian news and media website Les Bon As reports that Patrick Bebey, one of Francis Bebey's sons, said: "Mr. London and his producers didn't see fit to contact us until a few days before the album was released. No agreement has had time to be concluded. They have the nerve to use the name BEBEY and make it into a kind of brand (which would be theirs). It's rude… They used it on merchandising items! … Anyway, the matter is in the hands of a lawyer. "

Theophilus London has tweeted, "his label agreed to do business before we put it out. There are contracts signed."

"Lily" had been a cover of an anti-racist song released by french singer Pierre Perret in 1977. Francis Bebey's version tells the story of a migrant who must overcome racism.

London has been open about wanting to pay homage to Francis Bebey. It's noticeable from the title and cover art of Bebey, to other songs like "Marchin" and "Give You," which also mirror the Cameroonian's compositions. In addition to Francis Bebey, London also samples Nigeria's Lijadu Sister's 1974 song "Come on Home" on his song "Pretty" and Steve Monite's Afro-boogie song from 1984 "Only You."

We reached out to Theophilus London for comment and haven't received a response. Bebey is released on London's new label, My Bebey Records.


Theophilus London - Bebey (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com


Francis Bebey - Lily www.youtube.com

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Reekado Banks Recalls The Carnage of The #EndSARS Protests In Single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

The Nigerian singer pays his respects to those lost during last year's #EndSARS protests.

Nigerian singer and songwriter Reekado Banks is back with a track that is as socially important as it is a banger. It seems fitting for the singer's first solo release of the year to be a tribute to his fellow countrypeople fighting for a country that they all wish to live in. The 27-year-old Afrobeats crooner has returned with endearing track 'Ozumba Mbadiwe', honoring the one-year anniversary of the #EndSARS protests that saw the Nigerian government authorize an onslaught of attacks on Nigerian citizens for their anti-government demonstrations.

The protests took the world by storm, additionally because the Nigerian government insists that none of the police brutality happened. In an attempt to gaslight the globe, Nigerian officials have come out to hoards to deny any and all accusations of unlawfully killing peaceful protesters. Banks mentions the absurd denials in the track, singing "October 20, 2020 something happened with the government, they think say we forget," in the second verse. Reekado's reflective lyrics blend smoothly and are supported by the upbeat, effortless Afrobeat rhythm.

In another reflective shoutout to his home, 'Ozumba Mbadiwe' is named after a popular expressway on Lagos Island that leads to the infamous Lekki Toll Gate where protesters were shot at, traumatized, and murdered. Although packed with conscious references, the P.Priime produced track is a perfect amalgamation of the talents that Reekado Banks has to offer; a wispy opening verse, a hook to kill, and an ethereal aura to mark this as a song as a hit. On "Ozumba Mbadiwe," all the elements align for Reekado's signature unsinkable sound to take flight.

Check out Reekado Bank's lyric video for his single 'Ozumba Mbadiwe'

Reekado Banks - Ozumba Mbadiwe (Lyric Video) www.youtube.com

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