A young Nigerian recording artiste identified as Wisekid has been called out for illegally representing Afrobeats icon, Wizkid.
The budding artiste, Wisekid real name Hosea Yohanna was alleged to have uploaded a replica of Wizkid’s Made in Lagos album on apple music; thereby diverting traffic to his music.
The tracklist of the replica album dubbed “Lasgidi Made” sighted by 1st News; shares an identical title to Wizkid’s album; meanwhile hoodwinking unsuspecting music lovers, especially Wizkid fans.
What appears surprising is most streamers either didn’t notice the difference or clicked on his album in error.
An investigation carried out by 1st News also revealed the dubbed album had amassed over nine million streams; translating to a profit of about N30 million monthly in streams as well as sales revenue being shared with him.
This was brought to the notice of the public when fans shared screenshots of their Apple Music replay.
A Twitter user, Chemical Brother, shared screenshots and also stated that even after listening to Wizkid for over 26 hours; Apple Music distributed the traffic to both Wizkid and Wisekid.
According to African Facts, Wisekid has been raking in N30million monthly from Digital stores since he uploaded the replicated album in October 2020.
Wisekid claimed Freeme Digital has been the one distributing all his songs.
Reacting to the allegations Wisekid said;
“Pls I don’t want wahala oo.
”I’m just an upcoming artist I know nothing about this and please am not the one distributing Wizkid album on Apple music.
“I have the company that distributes my music for me; so I know nothing about this news spreading all over the internet.
“I don’t know who do that oo.
”I just access my Apple artist name I saw streams I just wanted to get people to check me out nothing more oo.
“In fact, I didn’t share wizkid streams oo.
”I don’t know who that oo,” he added.
However, the digital platform, Freeme Digital, in a statement denied, distributing his music.
“It has come to our notice that an artiste by the name of “Wisekid” claims to distribute an album titled ‘Lasgidi Made’ with our organization.
“While it is true that he distributes some of his contents through our organisation; we will like to make it categorically clear that the said, ‘Lasgidi Made’ album was not distributed via our platform.
“We will be deleting the rest of Wisekid’s content on our platform; and we have informed our legal team to immediately commence investigation on the issue and prosecute the matter to the full extent of the law.”