Idols SA winner Noma Khumalo’s debut album Joy which was released on Monday is already roped in a copyright dispute.
the recently crowned Idols SA winner Noma Khumalo has released her debut album as promised. However, the album seems to be bedeviled by controversy as soon as it hit the airwaves.
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According to a report by weekend tabloid Sunday World, the title track of her album was allegedly written by someone else four years ago. Apparently, the other artist who is the original owner of the track is not being credited.
After the album was released on Monday, Sunday Sun reported that Leconelle Music wrote to Gallo Records to protest that the song belongs to one of their artists, Disebo Mhlangu.
The ensuing story suggests that Mhlangu wrote the song in 2012. But, someone that goes by the name Pablo “went behind her back to Samro and registered the song as his own”.
The artist whose song was allegedly copied said that she was shocked when she heard the song on iTunes. According to her, the song is a replica of her own and allegedly featured her lyrics and melody. Notwithstanding, she was not credited for the track. Instead, Noma got all the glory.
The artist was quoted as saying: “I wouldn’t mind if an Idols winner does a cover version of my song, as long as I’m credited and paid royalties for it.”
Meanwhile, there is no official comment from Noma and Gallo on the matter.
Also, Idols SA runner-up Thami Shobede has been patiently waiting for Noma Khumalo’s debut album to drop. Due to the nature of his contract for Idols, he cannot release an album until the winner has released hers. So, since Khumalo has done that, Thami’s album might be forthcoming too.