DJ Maphorisa recently dropped the sophomore follow-up to his collaborative Gqom Wave compilation series. GQOMWAVE II features as many as 16 featured artists and frequent collaborators including K.O, Moonchild, Busiswa, Zingah, Stilo Magolide, Mlindo The Vocalist and many more.
The second track on the album, Asambeni featuring Kalawa Jazmee star Busiswa, is alleged to be stolen. Cape Town based duo Tarenzo and DJ Ngamla took to social media to call out DJ Maphorisa for having allegedly misled and subsequently stolen their track titled Brotherhood.
“Cape Town we appreciate your support, but this is the time we need you most, DJ Maphorisa phoned us saying that he’d like to do a collaboration with us on the track DJ Ngamla no Tarenzo – Brotherhood and that he’d phone Tira to put Dladla Mshunqisi on the song as well for his EP that he wanted drop, instead he stole our song Brotherhood and did it over. He then renamed it DJ Maphorisa – Asambeni (feat. Busiswa). Cape Town, Stand UP” read the statement from the duo as they called their Cape Town fans to action.
It is unclear when Brotherhood was released, however the two tracks sound identical. Apart from a Busiswa verse, additional vocals by one other and minor beat pattern changes, the repetitious ‘hook’ throughout the track and groove are essentially identical. It does sound like DJ Maphorisa was more than inspired by Brotherhood.
Listen to the two tracks below and decide for yourself;
DJ Maphorisa x Busiswa: Asambeni
Tarenzo x DJ Ngamla: Brotherhood
Allegations of copyright infringement happen more often than they should in the South African music industry. There seems to be a lack of consequence for those accused of theft, even after these accusations are proven to be true. As fans of music and the culture, we should do more to show our disdain for those who choose to steal from vulnerable unknowns on the come-up.