New developments have come to light in the ongoing dispute over unpaid royalties between the acclaimed Highlife artist, Kuami Eugene, and his colleague, Mr. Drew.
Kuami Eugene has taken the matter into his own hands and sought legal counsel to address the issue. Speaking on the Kojo Manuel podcast, when questioned about potential conflicts with his fellow artists, he shed light on a specific incident surrounding the song “Case,” a track he had penned for Mr. Drew, but, to his dismay, had not received due recognition or compensation.
“I do have a problem with someone now, they think because I let things go easily, they think I’m soft. They feel that even though they don’t pay me my royalties, I wouldn’t mind,” he candidly expressed.
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Furthermore, Kuami Eugene detailed his extensive contribution to the hit song, revealing that he had crafted the entire catchy hook from start to finish and had duly informed the artist of his involvement. However, his messages went unanswered, and to his astonishment, the song was released without any acknowledgment of his work.
While the artist’s identity remained undisclosed during the podcast, Kuami Eugene disclosed that he had escalated the matter by involving his legal representative, stating, “I’ve actually sent it to my lawyer. If my lawyer finishes the conversation with him, it will come out.”
In addition to his specific grievances over this incident, Eugene voiced his broader dissatisfaction with the treatment he receives from his peers within the Ghanaian music industry. He cited several instances where he had not received any royalties for his contributions to major hits.
“I can tell you, there are many chart-topping hits in the country that many people made money from, but I didn’t even get 1 Cedi from them. All of them know, and it’s not fair,” he disclosed.
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Eugene juxtaposed this experience with collaborations with Nigerian artists, highlighting their commitment to honoring agreements and consistently providing him with royalties, exemplified by his continued earnings from his 2020 feature on CKay’s “Love Nwantiti.”
Although Kuami Eugene refrained from naming the artist in question, it’s worth noting that he had previously called out fellow artist Mr. Drew for failing to credit him for his contribution to the viral song, “Case.” In response, Mr. Drew claimed that he had attempted to contact Kuami Eugene but received no response.