Christopher Thande AKA Ndovu Kuu is livid.
His hit song Ndovu ni Kuu, which had 3.5 million views on YouTube has been taken down over alleged copyright infringement. He sees a hand in it, wrapped in the verse “mtoto wangu akiitwa K.U nitakataa; Hakunanga masomo K.U nimekataa.” The song featured Khaligraph Jones, Boutross and Krispah.
In a social media rant, Ndovu Kuu says the genesis of the take-down was Kenya’s second largest public university Kenyatta University. They were apparently irked by the lyrics, which they deemed as de-marketing them.
Ndovu Kuu says an official from the university’s corporate communications department called him alleging that the song had caused a 40% drop in student enrolment.
He also asked him to perform at the university’s upcoming graduation to mitigate damages. The institution demanded that Ndovu collaborates with students who are aspiring artistes, and trumpet their achievements in education- for free.
No way, said Ndovi Kuu. He would not perform for free. “KU is an ambiguous statement that would mean Kabianga University, Kisii University, Kukula Ugali, Kula Ulale…” he quipped.
The copyright claim on Ndovu ni Kuu was allegedly made by dance hall artiste Dexta Briyanka, who says the song’s beat is a replica of his jam V8.
” I am KU’s ambassador and he sampled my “V8″ song,” he added. Dexta is ready to deal with the issue legally if Ndovu Kuu opts for litigation. Ndovu Kuu affirms that he will sue.
“I promise you whatever legal actions we shall take against the perpetrators involved.. no one will ever repeat the same. Thou shall regret!” he warns.