Krispah Reacts after ‘Ndovu Ni Kuu’ Hit is Pulled Down from YouTube
19 July 2021
[Photo Credit: Krispah Instagram]
By Lydia M Joshua
Top trending Kenyan hit ‘Ndovu Kuu’ by Krispah has been pulled down from YouTube over a Copyright claim. The song which features celebrated artists Khaligraph and Boutross had already hit over three million views before being taken down.
Expounding on the reasons for taking down the song, an upcoming artist who goes by the name of Dexta Briyanka on Instagram, claimed that Krispah sampled his song titled ‘V8’ and also alleged that the song had promoted violence at Kenyatta University.
“I didn't mean to be rude my people. Khaligraph and Krispah sampled my beat of the song v8 ndo wakaunda hakuna masomo ku wamekataa. Nmeitoa YouTube because it is infringing my rights and also it has promoted violence in Kenyatta university. Hata mzazi halipi fee juu wanasema hakuna masomo ku. Lets meet in court if you have an issue,” he captioned on Instagram.
Reacting to the recent events, Krispah detailed a call with an alleged Director of Communications from Kenyatta University last Friday, citing him as the root of the copyright claim.
According to Krispah, the alleged leader of KU wanted him to perform on their upcoming virtual graduation for free, to mitigate the effects caused to the institution by his verse in ‘Ndovu Kuu’ which reads ‘Mtoto wangu akiitwa KU ntakataa, Hakunaga masomo KU nmekataa. Unapeleka mtoi first year introduction, Baada ya wiki mbili ashajua reproduction.’ .
“..There is no way ngoma yangu imeenda 3.5 milion na hatujai pata copyright strike until after Friday tubonge na huyu msee wa Kenyatta University. Na sasa tunaona kijana fulani hapa, hati ameclaim ngoma, akona thirty subscribers. Tumeskiza hiyo ngoma with my team. There is no sonic or visual relation to his song and mine. Hii watu kumisuse tools za YouTube hati kubring wasanii down, mjue wasanii wanafanya biashara manze. We are spending our hard-earned money to put up any brand,” he said.
Defending the lyrics which according to his accuser had caused a low intake in KU, Krispah stated that he had the letters ‘KU’ could represent diverse meanings, adding that he has a right to express himself as an artist.
“Hati intake ya shule yao imeenda chini kwa sababu ya ngoma yangu, what do you mean? 40% intake inateremka ju ya ngoma yangu, kwani mimi nikitoa ngoma nilikuwa na University ingine nataka kuleta watu. Ilinisaidia na nini, I was just expressing myself, and KU is an ambiguous statement, KU inaeza maanisha Kabiang’a University, inaeza maanisha Karatina, Kisii, Kenya University, Kukula Ugali, Kula Ulale, hiyo kitu inaeza maanisha anything. Kwa akili zenu nyinyi mliamua nilikuwa exclusively namaanisha shule yenu kwa hiyo line. Nahata nikisema mtoto wangu akiitwa KU? Is there any problem mtoto wangu akiitwa mahali nikatae? sini wangu? I was expressing myself,” he said.