The Star (Nairobi)

21 January 2013

Kenya: Abbas, Bamboo Defend Jubilee Campaign Song

Rapper Abbas Kubaff and Bamboo have defended their Jubilee campaign collabo with fellow rapper Chiwawa. The trio were accused by former rapper and radio personality Gidi Gidi of unauthorised remix of his monster hit, Unbwogable, with Maji Maji.

"It is not like the beat was originally theirs. They also copied the concept from hip hop heads like Redman. Hip hop beats are like riddims they are quite similar. If he is not happy he can go through MCSK or any other legal channel. However, as far as I'm concerned, I never found it similar in anyway. I'm very happy with the reception it is getting so far," Abbas told Word Is.

Bamboo defended the alleged plagiarism on his Twitter page: "In dancehall, people take a riddim and make a new version of an old song and nobody ever complains, e.g PUnit-Dendai."

In response to Gidi Gidi's claims, Bamboo said: "Gidi, you want your props for it sounding similar to Unbwogable. Sawa (ok), but "can't a young man make money anymore?"

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