Boity’s new single Bakae has barely been out for a month and it is already causing trouble!
Karen Francis, a rapper based in England, is currently pursuing her legal options after claiming that Boity had stolen her song.
When Boity rapped, “Look, I don’t want beef I want competition” she didn’t mean legal competition. However, that’s what could be coming her way if Karen’s claim is deemed to hold weight in court.
Boity released Bakae earlier this month and it has since gone on to be streamed thousands of times and become a mainstay on local radio stations.
But Karen believes that the inspiration for this second, predominantly Tswana-rapped single came from a song she released in 2018 – titled Cake.
In an exclusive conversation with All4Women, Karen tells us how she discovered the similarities between her own song and Boity’s new single
“I listened to Bakae and I was in a completely state of shock because I recognised so many elements of the song instantly.
“I could recognise my signature and my structure on Boity’s verses. I’m a songwriter and I can write a song in minutes. I took time to really structure that song [Cake] to really put my signature on it and show a part of me that people are not acquainted.”
Karen Francis was born in Botswana but has had strong ties in the South African music industry ever since she was 13. Although she is based in Manchester, England, she is an avid follower of South African pop culture and regularly posts reaction videos on her YouTube page too.
She admits to having followed Boity’s career from its inception and as excited as she was for the new rapper, she admits to feeling perplexed once she realised her song had been stolen. Her first point of action was to draw attention to the fact that Boity had lifted some of her intellectual property and she did so in the form of an Instagram post:
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Well ain’t this a funny coincidence that your flow/style & mine sound similar🤔Flows are getting bit in broad day light huh.. ok h*** re tlaa di bonela ko pele, you & the n***s that write your songs nxla! le tletse masepa waitse. Wrong b*** !! As if I’m here on another continent without ears smh enjoy the glory while it lasts. What kind of f****d up coincidence is this???Now I can write a song in minutes I took a whole day to structure CAKE, this s*** ain’t adding up??? Which n*** thought it was a good idea to do this?? I done asked everybody’s opinion before jumping the gun! s*** still not adding up, a lot of people in the industry in SA had my track. I know money can buy a lot of things, apparently it can also bite flows, the song structure is what gave it away. Some shady s*** is going on here! This s*** ain’t adding up!!! I thought ya’ll had a lot of songs 😑 this one sounds recent, nxla! Fame e tlaa le bolaya. A re bakae, re teng mma FOH with that bulls***, it’s basically the same song bruh! #Boity #bakae #reallybitch #reallynigga #imupset #jozi #johannesburg #wtf #mzansi #southafrica #plagiarism #plagiarism #plagiarism
According to Karen, close friends, as well as industry contacts in Southern Africa also believe she may have a case on her hands
“I played the song for people I know, managers in the South African music industry, producers and different artists and it was the same thing. Once you hear it you can’t unhear the similarities”
Francis confirms that, beyond the post, she has not reached out to Boity directly and will instead contact Boity’s label, Universal Music South Africa – through whom the track was released – once her legal team concludes their investigations.
Boity has been accused of not writing her own songs in the past and it is worth noting that local rapper, Reason (full name Sizwe Moeketsi) is listed as a fellow writer for this track. Karen isn’t sure who between the two might be responsible for the alleged plagiarism.
“I’ve chosen a lawyer who did her research and she was very thorough and what we know so far is that the song was written by Boity and Moeketsi and published through Universal. We can prove that my original song was promoted in 2018 in Botswana and South Africa and that promo was played over 60 000 times.
“We are now awaiting results from forensic analysts who will be able to prove that Bakae manipulated Cake and that my sound and authenticity were stolen. Now it’s about finding out who is responsible and make sure they are held accountable. I’ve just finalised my own record deal and I’ve got the funds to fight this.”
And now it’s time for YOU to cast your verdict. Listen to the two songs below and let us know if you think Bakae sounds like Karen Francis’s 2018 single, Cake
Here is Bakae:
And here is Cake:
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