Legendary gospel musician Hannah Marfo has called Bro Sammy a thief.
The ‘Nyame de nyema be ahinta me’ hit singer on Accra FM’s Gospel 360 entertainment show revealed that the Kumasi-based musician used her songs ‘Yensom Obiaa’ and ‘Mitiho a 3s3 s3 mida wu asi’ without her permission. Madam Marfo told Andy Favoured, host of the show that all efforts to meet Sammy to talk over the issue have proved futile.
“I have been quiet about the issue because I thought we are all Christians so he would come for us to solve it amicably but from the look of things, he is not ready to do that. I spent a lot on those songs so it is wrong to use them without paying anything to me. What he did is thievery.
Before you use one’s property, you need to sit with the person and agree on certain terms. I’ve not sued him because I was waiting for him to call and ask how to do the right thing but as at now, he’s done nothing like that. I’m still waiting for him to call.
I called him and he agreed to meet me but he hasn’t picked my calls again. His producer also promised to meet me and solve the issue but he’s also not picking my calls again.” Hannah Marfo said on Gospel 360.
A report by myjoyonline.com on May 2015 said “the Chief Executive of Brain Media Network, Prince Owusu Agyemang, who manages Brother Sammy, admitted being contacted by Hannah Marfo’s lawyer but said he was yet to receive a letter they sent to him about a week ago.
He also noted: “Hannah Marfo herself called me and then told me that Sammy has her song on his album, but I am not familiar with that song in the first place, I don’t know the song she is talking about.”
When myjoyonline.com enquired further, Mr. Owusu Agyamang offered a rather confused explanation.
“The album that we are talking about is not a recorded album that we have recorded in the studio, they are live programmes some in the churches and radios. People have been dubbing it for free on their phones and other stuff. So they told us they want some so we just recorded it…even though we are selling it, it is not a specially recorded album,” he claimed.
He said a new album being recorded in the studio is without the two songs in question.
Mr. Agyemang conceded that Hannah Marfo’s Manager once called him demanding 2,000 cedis for a song but said no agreement was reached.”