Now Babes Wodumo has been accused of stealing “Gandaganda”
Following the infamous ‘USB loss,’ Babes Wodumo continues to make waves in the media.
Last week Babes allegedly lost the USB containing an unmastered and obviously unreleased copy of her new single, “Gandaganda.”
She took to her social media to plead that fans send her a link of the pirated song so she may delete it.
After a fair amount of internet trolling, the singer miraculously found her USB, which many people felt was all part of a publicity stunt.
A few days later, she dropped the track on iTunes and publicity stunt or not, the song has been getting a lot of traction since its release.
The “Gandaganda” plot thickens as Babes has been accused of stealing the song from 2 Durban DJs, Luvuyo “DJ Luvas” Njeje and Lungelo “Pluto” Ntombela.
Njeje spoke to City Press from Durban saying:
“Babes knows the truth. The title of her song and the duration are the same as ours; only the beats and lyrics are different. She stole our song, which we released on 6 April.”
He adds: “We sell our CDs in taxi ranks. This is how we market ourselves.”
This implies that the unmastered version of the song belongs to the DJ’s, which Babe’s then stole to make her own.
City Press sent out a copy of both the unmastered and mastered versions to at least 3 producers, who all confirm the hook matched both versions.
One producer said: “Gandaganda used to be a recitation that kids sang, so it does not belong to anyone. Unfortunately, these guys are fighting a losing battle.”
Eugene Golouw, the spokesperson for Samro, confirmed that Gandaganda was not registered to Samro (South African Music Rights Organisation) as belonging to the 2 DJs.
“We have sent them detailed policy documents outlining what they need to send to us, along with evidence to lodge a formal complaint,” he said.
According to documents, Babes Wodumo is one of the co-authors of the song, so maybe this is the DJ’s trying to gain some publicity.