Rihanna shone the light on Gqom music after she used a local song by Busiswa Gqulu as a soundtrack to one of her Fenty beauty adverts…
The only issue was that the song was a remake – a shady move to avoid paying her royalties, claims the South African singer.
The remake of the song Midnight Starring – a collab between Busiswa and Maphorisa – was used in the clip advertising Fenty foundations.
“Nah.@fentybeauty just used a REMAKE of Midnight Starring with my voice, to avoid paying us for it. I’m sad but it’s the game I guess”, tweeted the award-winning singer.
Nah. @fentybeauty just used a REMAKE of Midnight Starring with my voice, to avoid paying us for it. I’m sad but it’s the game I guess
— #MSOTS Out NOW!! (@busiswaah) March 26, 2021
Maphorisa also tweeted out his frustration, claiming the Diamonds singer had ‘cut and paste’ his work.
Mara le baring mo ke cut n paste Sis riri onketsang? pic.twitter.com/sdfVAawYHo
— Madumane (@DjMaphorisa) March 27, 2021
And SA tweeps were just as annoyed, demanding the US singer cough up for the creative use of her work.
This is unfair though Not even mere recognition for Busiswa’s efforts
— Zee(@Zee19900941) March 27, 2021
Fenty Beauty has the time to use South African music on their ads but don’t even a single store in Africa? I need Kabza, Maphorisa and Busiswa to sue them because that’s what Rihanna would’ve done.
— Moe (@moesuttIe) March 27, 2021
I hope Busiswa samples Rihanna’s “Bitch better have my money”!! https://t.co/AGTxVZ0qzd
— Wendy The Hop (@Royalty77227815) March 27, 2021
Earlier this month, fans also defended Jerusalema singer Nomcebo after a Bulgarian woman did a remake of the song on a TV talent show – in blackface!
are my eyes deceiving me….. pic.twitter.com/rOVMr6QTnn
— Lia (@leefin_a) March 18, 2021