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The Blackface Accusations: Unfounded and Malicious – Now Muzik

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The Blackface Accusations: Unfounded and Malicious – Now Muzik.
Contrary to the position held in some quarters that our client,
Innocent Idibia, AKA 2Baba has failed or refused to respond to the
ridiculous accusations by Austin Ahmedu AKA Blackface, we would like
to state that this is untrue.

What 2Baba and our founder/CEO, Efe Omorogbe have done is refuse to
create time to engage in an unproductive media banter with Blackface
every time he wants to release new material.

Both 2Baba and Omorogbe have stated publicly that Blackface’s claims
of song theft and media/live performance blacklisting are unfounded
and malicious.

Blackface has been advised to seek legal redress if he believes his
claims are true and if not, cease and desist from making
unsubstantiated defamatory public statements about both 2Baba and
Omorogbe.

Blackface’s refusal to file a suit or discontinue the defamation
forced our lawyers to institute a defamation suit against him at the
Lagos State High Court. His lawyers have entered a defence and the
case is currently on-going.

2Baba and Omorogbe are confident that the court will handle the
matter. They will not fuel a media trial by commenting on a case that
is already before a competent court of law.

The position advanced in a press statement issued on February 3, 2016
remains the same and no further response is deemed necessary.

Signed:

Adejimi Oni.
For: Now Muzik.

The Blackface Allegations : Setting the Records Straight – Efe Omorogbe

Posted on February 03 2016.

When my attention was drawn to Blackface’stwitter rant about the
‘theft’ of his songs by his ex-band mate 2Baba, my initial reaction
was to ignore what I perceived as an obvious marketing gimmick for his
new single.

The reaction from a vast majority of people on social media who read
about the allegations was evidence that the ploy had backfired.

Blackface’s press interviews since the twitter rant has made it
necessary for me to present the flip side and set the records
straight.

1. 2Baba and Blackface do have a bunch of songs they co-wrote in their
days as Plantashun Boiz.

2. Both artistes have collectively and individually recorded and
commercially released materials from this collection.

3. 2Baba has always given Blackface (Austin Ahmedu) co-writing credit
every time he recorded any song that has Blackface’s input – No matter
how minimal.

4. Blackface has neither given 2Baba (Innocent Idibia) co-writing
credit nor sought ‘permission’ to record any of the materials they
jointly authored.

5. Blackface has earned royalties off his shared publishing rights for
about a decade.

6. A huge chunk of income he has made derives from royalties earned by
the commercial exploitation of the successesful materials
performed/recorded by 2Baba.

7. 2Baba did not and couldn’t have stolen ‘Let Somebody Love You’ from
Blackface.  The song was released about 2 years ago. Blackface
complained about his name being misspelt on the CD sleeve and we
personally apologised to him.

8. Yes. Blackface contributed to the writing of the first verse of the
song. The second verse was entirely 2Baba. Bridget Kelly wrote her
verse and Efe Omorogbe wrote the outro verse.

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9. Efe Omorogbe is not 2Baba’s manager on ‘Let Somebody Love You’ but
a co-writer.

10. The outro verse was lifted from the song ‘How?’ written in 1997
and recorded in 1999 at Dolphin studios, Surulere. Blackface didn’t
write that bit. Couldn’t have written that bit. Blackface cannot in
2016, touch Efe Omorogbe’s writing from 1997.

11. Blackface should be honoured to have shared co-writing credit with
2Baba. I am. For each and every song we have collaborated on.

12. Blackface should be grateful 2Baba recorded their co-authored
materials to ensure a lifetime of royalty income for him.

12. Blackface should record and release his own version of ‘Let
Somebody Love You’ and keep 100% publishing on that version. Oops!
2Baba will still be entitled to a share.

13. Blackface is not in 2Baba’s league as a songwriter. Their post-Plantashun Bo

On Fri, Mar 22, 2019, 11:08 AM Perekeme Dubre wrote:
The Blackface Accusations: Unfounded and Malicious – Now Muzik.

Contrary to the position held in some quarters that our client,
Innocent Idibia, AKA 2Baba has failed or refused to respond to the
ridiculous accusations by Austin Ahmedu AKA Blackface, we would to
state that this is untrue.

What 2Baba and our founder/CEO, Efe Omorogbe have done is refuse to
create time to engage in an unproductive media banter with Blackface
every time he wants to release new material.

Both 2Baba and Omorogbe have stated publicly that Blackface’s claims
of song theft and media/live performance blacklisting are unfounded
and malicious.

Blackface has been advised to seek legal redress if he believes his
claims are true and if not, cease and desist from making
unsubstantiated defamatory public statements about both 2Baba and
Omorogbe.

Blackface’s refusal to file a suit or discontinue the defamation
forced our lawyers to institute a defamation suit against him at the
Lagos State High Court. His lawyers have entered a defence and the
case is currently on-going.

2Baba and Omorogbe are confident that the court will handle the
matter. They will not fuel a media trial by commenting on a case that
is already before a competent court of law.

The position advanced in a press statement issued on February 3, 2016
remains the same and no further response is deemed necessary.

Signed:

Adejimi Oni.
For: Now Muzik.

The Blackface Allegations : Setting the Records Straight – Efe Omorogbe

Posted on February 03 2016.

When my attention was drawn to Blackface’stwitter rant about the
‘theft’ of his songs by his ex-band mate 2Baba, my initial reaction
was to ignore what I perceived as an obvious marketing gimmick for his
new single.

The reaction from a vast majority of people on social media who read
about the allegations was evidence that the ploy had backfired.

Blackface’s press interviews since the twitter rant has made it
necessary for me to present the flip side and set the records
straight.

1. 2Baba and Blackface do have a bunch of songs they co-wrote in their
days as Plantashun Boiz.

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2. Both artistes have collectively and individually recorded and
commercially released materials from this collection.

3. 2Baba has always given Blackface (Austin Ahmedu) co-writing credit
every time he recorded any song that has Blackface’s input – No matter
how minimal.

4. Blackface has neither given 2Baba (Innocent Idibia) co-writing
credit nor sought ‘permission’ to record any of the materials they
jointly authored.

5. Blackface has earned royalties off his shared publishing rights for
about a decade.

6. A huge chunk of income he has made derives from royalties earned by
the commercial exploitation of the successesful materials
performed/recorded by 2Baba.

7. 2Baba did not and couldn’t have stolen ‘Let Somebody Love You’ from
Blackface.  The song was released about 2 years ago. Blackface
complained about his name being misspelt on the CD sleeve and we
personally apologised to him.

8. Yes. Blackface contributed to the writing of the first verse of the
song. The second verse was entirely 2Baba. Bridget Kelly wrote her
verse and Efe Omorogbe wrote the outro verse.

9. Efe Omorogbe is not 2Baba’s manager on ‘Let Somebody Love You’ but
a co-writer.

10. The outro verse was lifted from the song ‘How?’ written in 1997
and recorded in 1999 at Dolphin studios, Surulere. Blackface didn’t
write that bit. Couldn’t have written that bit. Blackface cannot in
2016, touch Efe Omorogbe’s writing from 1997.

11. Blackface should be honoured to have shared co-writing credit with
2Baba. I am. For each and every song we have collaborated on.

12. Blackface should be grateful 2Baba recorded their co-authored
materials to ensure a lifetime of royalty income for him.

12. Blackface should record and release his own version of ‘Let
Somebody Love You’ and keep 100% publishing on that version. Oops!
2Baba will still be entitled to a share.

13. Blackface is not in 2Baba’s league as a songwriter. Their
post-Plantashun Boiz’ catalogs speak for themselves.

14. Blackface should go to court to seek redress if he indeed believes
he has a case.

15. Blackface should know that nobody ever secured a court judgement
via a twitter rant or media tour.

17. Blackface must have realised by now that the unfortunate tirade
has not made “Killa” a hit. At least, not at the moment.

We grind our way to the results we seek bro. Just HARDwork. No short cuts!

Press release by Scriptorial PR

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