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Zangalewa : Shakira n’a pas plagié…Zangalewa Sets the Record Straight on Copyrights of “Waka Waka” May 14, 2010

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Zangalewa


Amidst growing concerns that Shakira may have pirated
"Waka Waka" from Cameroon's legendary group, Zangalewa made a quick
press conference in Douala to clear the air yesterday. After all, who in their
right mind would want to jeopardize the opportunities that comes with having
their song as the official theme for Africa's first world cup. Following a
previous interview in which Ze Bella stated that before
the song was composed they were never contacted about granting permission for
its use, the press started inquiring more into the situation.

 Given the
upheavals Manu Dibango had to go through acquiring his compensatory rights to
"Soul Makossa" the Cameroonian press was quick to run to the aid of
Zangalewa to make sure they were not being taken advantage of. Ze Bella had
stated in his first interview concerning the situation that they were
very pleased and honored that Shakira used their song but made it clear that the
ownership rights had to be respected with compensation. 

In the interview he
also stated that he was meeting with a delegation from South Africa to discuss
specifics but did not elaborate. 

In the press conference, the manager Diddier Edo and Ze Bella restated that a friend living in the US
called to let them know that Shakira had reinterpreted their song. The friend
proceeded to hire a lawyer who contacted Sony and Shakira's management and a
deal was hashed in which Zangalewa will be compensated even though they would
not disclose the amount. We can only hope that the deal between Zangalewa was a
fair one, as "Waka Waka" will make its way to FIFA video games, ring
tones, into Fifia music catalogue which will be the gift that keeps on
giving money wise and much more. Now someone needs to advise Zangalewa to come
out with a website and possibly rerelease a collector's edition of their
records. Sighhhh, I just get annoyed when people do not fully explore their
opportunities. By now they should at least have an official myspace, or
facebook page with all the hype they are getting. Or have their songs on
itunes or something. For goodness sake, some bands are going around performing
zangalewa songs to audiences and I doubt they cleared this with Zangalewa. The issue here is, people are ripping the monetary benefits from Zangalewa's work. 

I got into an unnecessary
argument with a friend from Ecuador who vehemently believed that the song was
first sung by a band from his country. 

I have had the chance to read several
articles about the song, which stated that, artists in other countries have
actually reprised the song several other times. I understand that the group
cannot pursue all the legalities on its own, so what in the world is the Cameroonian
Music Organization doing? Why are they not doing more to support their artists?
What is the ministry of Culture doing? I never once heard any mention of them when
Manu Dibango was fighting Sony and MJ for the compensatory rights to "Soul
Makossa."  

I think artist who have made great music through out their career need
to understand that, though they may have retired, their music never does. They
have to keep an official presence as far as marketing. It is so hard to reach
members of Zangalewa for interviews, live performances or commercial deals when they have no form
of online contact. This is a new age in technology; our artists need to embrace
it. You don't have to be signed to have your record on itunes, ask
Ghanain and Nigerian musicians. Hopefully Cameroon artists follow suit and have
their work more readily available for buyers. Sometimes we resort to pirating
not because we want to but because there is no legit way of obtaining the
music. Thanks to Ndedi Eyango for being on itunes. I'm enjoying his music,
which I proudly paid for. Please Zangalewa, do not fail to capitalize on this
new opportunity. I have posted the french
article below for those who want to read it. But I pretty much sum up its content in my piece. Zangalewa is being compensated. !HURRAY! 

 

More Zangalewa Performances:

 

EVEN IN CHURCH CHOIRS. MAN NO LAP! 

Les leaders du groupe ont précisé hier les circonstances de la reprise de leur chanson par la Colombienne. 

Ce n’est donc pas un plagiat. « Plutôt une adaptation », note le manager de Zangalewa, Didier Edo. On en sait un peu plus sur cette histoire incroyable qui est arrivée à ce groupe mythique de la fin des années 80, qui fit fureur avec la chanson « Zangalewa » et qui, depuis plus de dix ans, s’est éteint. Ou endormi, c’est selon. Le titre a été repris par l’artiste latino-américaine Shakira, pour l’hymne officiel de la Coupe du Monde 2010 qui débute dans un mois en Afrique du sud. Et du coup c’est la résurrection. La renaissance. Le retour à la lumière pour le groupe. « On m’a appelé du village alors que je coulais doucement ma retraite, pour me féliciter, puisque la chanson de Zangalewa a été reprise par une artiste et retenue pour la Coupe du Monde », pointe, ému, Ze Bella, un des pères fondateurs. 

Alors que les rumeurs sur un quiproquo, sur une affaire de plagiat commençaient à bruire, les gars de Zangalewa, qui ont bien « grandi » aujourd’hui, ont tenu à mettre les choses au clair. C’était au cours d’une conférence de presse assez courue hier à Douala. Les langues se délient progressivement : « On n’avait aucun contact. C’est l’un de nous, Emile Kojidy, installé depuis quinze ans aux Etats-Unis, qui nous a interpellé sur l’adaptation de notre chanson. Il a saisi un avocat qui est entré en contact avec le management de Shakira, et Sony Music, qui a produit la chanson. », raconte Ze Bella. « Il y a eu un accord. Le groupe n’a pas été pas lésé », renchérit Didier Edo. Lésé ? La presse veut en savoir un peu plus, sur les chiffres notamment. Que l’on n’aura pas. Mais tout de même, on reconnaît ici que « tout est en bonne voie ». En fait, les négociations se poursuivent, et la procédure devrait aboutir de façon positive, puisque Shakira aurait demandé à savoir qui sont les auteurs originaux de cette chanson. Une version espagnole est même envisagée. 

En fait la chanteuse est accueillie comme le messie de Zangalewa. Le groupe va revivre, et déjà, des projets se bousculent, et des dividendes pourraient être récoltés. « On nous réveille. On nous donne l’occasion de refaire la musique, pointe Dooh Guy. C’est une joie immense, mais aussi une nouvelle vie qui commence, une vie professionnelle ». Traduction, il faudra recomposer l’équipe, chercher de nouvelles voix, pour une nouvelle aventure musicale. C’est aussi la récompense du travail bien fait, car même si pour certains observateurs Shakira et Freshlyground (groupe sud-africain co-exécuteur de la chanson) ont ressuscité Zangalewa, cette reprise est une reconnaissance pour ce groupe. La chanson dans sa version reprise « Waka Waka, Time for Africa » traduisait selon Didier Edo, d’un point de vue rythmique ce que la Fifa recherchait. « On y a rajouté des mots et du texte, pour donner cette chanson que l’on écoute aujourd’hui en boucle ». Après Manu Dibango, André Marie Talla, Tim et Foty, etc., voici la musique camerounaise une nouvelle fois honorée. A l’occasion d’un événement mondial. Quand la musique est bonne

 

 

15 Responses to “Zangalewa : Shakira n’a pas plagié…Zangalewa Sets the Record Straight on Copyrights of “Waka Waka””

  1. Shu Mumpower Says:

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  2. beesss@yahoo.com Says:

    OMG, can’t believe how many times this song has been pirated. In my opinion, anyone who wants to use this song should ask for permission. But at the same time i am proud Cameroon is being recognised for it’s artistic gift- atlast the world would be able to enjoy what we cameroonians have enjoyed all our lives. Wheew, it brings alot of memories, RIP Annie Anzuoer.

  3. Leah Dee Says:

    This merely goes a long way to make us understand how Cameroon’s culture has been exported with out us knowing (probably pirated).Did u just hear dat? Carlos says he heard dat song in Clombia way back 1980’s!While we sit here thinking we are merely local heroes.
    We need to get up just like Manu Dibango did to MJ and fight for their compensation. They must be well paid.Wonder why Dillian Gandhi would say they shouldn’t be paid much ‘cos its charity. Shakira wouldn’t have used another man’s goods for charity purpose, dats exploitaion and selfishness, she has other songs dat could be used for dat purpose. Let d individual decide how best to use her materials. She can’t even be a cheap liar to say she never knew dat song was played by another man!Dat will openly make her sound stupid. Justice must prevail.Cameroon oye!lol

  4. Kamer Says:

    Then they shouldn’t have remixed Zangalewa songs then, they should have created something original then.

  5. It’s a charity single. Not even Shakira is getting paid for it – her profit goes to 1Goal. I hope this band don’t get paid too much.

  6. Sana Says:

    The song Zangalewa was the number one hit when I was 13 yrs old living in Cameroon. Everyone sang it, everyone knew the lyrics.It was almost a national anthem. When I heard it a month ago and saw Shakira singing it, I almost felt off my chair. I couldnt believe it. This ”little”(big in Cameroon) song was sang by an international superstar. I like Shakira, this is not to put her down in any ways. Once I came back to earth, the first thought I had in my mind was: ”I hope the original band ”Golden Sounds” makes some royalties off of this. I then surfed the web and was shocked to see how many people/bands did this song. What bothers me is that the original band is probably living in poverty or at least not in financial extreme comfort and this success their song is having right now, they should enjoy it ….FULLY!!! I am proud of Cameroon and its talent. I feel the success of this song is going to put the country on the map for people who did not know it. I feel it may help the cameroonian industries take care of their amazing artists (Manu Dibango, Golden Sounds ) whose songs were used by the celebrities you mentionned above (Michael Jackson, Rihanna/Makossa and now Shakira). Artists in Cameroon should benefit from the success of their craft. Some of these artists are NOT RICH but someone is making money and that is not fair!. PLEASE MAKE A FACEBOOK PAGE, SOMEONE THAT HAS A LOT OF INFORMATION ON THIS MATTER.

  7. Kenneth Azigbo Says:

    I only hope the Camerounians on this website will find a way to reach their Ministry of Culture and get them involved in ensuring adequate comensation to the Zangalewa group. I listened to the Shakira version of the World Cup theme on Saturday (June 12) and it was simply fantastic. I am a Nigerian & proud to be an African!

  8. EPEME FRANKLIN LESLIE NGOLLE Says:

    mr victor TARKEH you wrote well.why are we the way we are?The group is still alive why arent they in the clip.manu dibango once said afrique sans frique.im not being a racist but is it that africans cant sing?the likes of lukua kanza,richard bona,alpha blondy monique seka, meiway koffi olamide ets would have done that same song best.EPEME FRANKLIN LESLIE NGOLLE

  9. Sean Says:

    Nice article,
    I empathise with the frustrations of the author. However, let’s not publicly put down any artist for going through a learning process, like we all do. Like Victor above me has just said, I have it on good authority that Sony BMG are actually now in active talks with Zangalewa, so a good opportunity has come out of this for all. It seems, this time, Zangalewa will have the experience to make the most of it. We should all be unified and supportive of anything positive to give back to the watching crowd.
    Best.

  10. Joana Nkeng Says:

    Hello Carlos, Zangalewa was formerly called “Les Golden Sound”
    That was later changed with successive albums. Annie Anzouer the only Lady joined the group when it became “Zangalewa”

  11. victortarkeh@yahoo.com Says:

    If Zangalewa doesn’t hit the best deal for today and after,I’ll not be surprise.The Ministry of Culture forgets to know that it is the artists’ rights to have a legal adviser from the Ministry in Cameroon get the best our of this giant step to choose ZANGALEWA as the official world cup song.My question:Why couldn’t the same group be coopted to go back to studio and work with Shakira to come out with
    a masterpiece.”Give to Ceasar what is Ceasar’s”. A king is never too small in his own homeland.
    TARKEH,Victor

  12. CARLOS Says:

    HI MY NAMES IS CARLOS LIVE IN THE US BUT FROM COLOMBIA I HEARD THIS SONG IN COLOMBIA BACK IN TH 80 AND I HAVE LP OF THE SONG THE GROUPS NAME IS GOLDEN SOUND AND THE NAME OF THE SONG IS ZANGALEWA I WOULD CHECK THE INFO ON THE LP AND POST IT

  13. Marcel Fomotar Says:

    Hi Cynthia, I commend you for the quality of your report; well-researched, effortless read,advocating, etc. I am glad you embrace their plight. I’m equally amazed by the waka waka videos u unearthed. It only speaks to the fact that our brothers did a great job!!! Thanks for being an advocate for Cameroonian artists. I’m one and honored to know some Cameroonians like you do care. Keep up the good job and May God bless u abundantly with the strength and knowledge to do what you do.
    I predict that the Indomitable Lions will win the World Cup 2010; the waka waka song foreshadows victory and celebrations for Cameroonians. lol

  14. Zouk Baby Says:

    Well I guess that is the same issue that is being lamented on in the article. It is so hard to locate them. I really agree with the fact that they don’t have any official form of representation online.

  15. Cynthia Says:

    How can one get in touch with their manager??


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