“Jerusalema” copyright battle continues


By Kabelo Abel Mokgalabone

MIDRAND: The Jerusalema hit song battle is showing no signs of cooling off and the fight for the song’s copyright continues.

This comes after Master KG has been served with a lawsuit for the copyright infringement of the global hit Jerusalema.

The song has now amassed over 500 million streams on YouTube, the most by any South African.

Released back in 2019, Jerusalema became a global hit in the year 2020 and gave birth to the Jerusalema Challenge that had the whole world participating.

But the dark cloud regarding the rightful owners of the house song continues getting darker.

Charmza the DJ and Biblos have instituted legal action against Master KG, Open Mic Productions and distributor Africori.

The duo is taking Master KG to the Pretoria High Court to claim that they are the rightful owners of the hit song and are demanding that the artist release the ownership back to them.

This is not the first time the song had controversies as the lead the vocalist in the song, Nomcebo Zikode claimed that she was not paid for the royalties, despite Master KG claiming that Zikode pocket R3 Millions of what the song made.

To throw a spanner in the works, Biblos and Charmza claim that they are behind the melodies and the beat of the song.


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