A member of Sarkodie’s management team, Angel, has welcomed the Arab version of the multi-award-winning Ghanaian rapper’s hit song, Adonai.
A video of a group of young upcoming musicians from one of the Arab countries, performing their version of the sensational track which has well over 2 million hits on YouTube has gone viral since popping up on social media over the past fortnight.
In an interview with Berla Mundi on Rhythmz Live on GH One TV Monday, Angel said the BET Award winner is “cool” about the new rendition of the track he recorded with Hiplife artiste Castro a few years ago.
“Sarkodie has seen the video, he wasn’t [talking about legalities]. He was asking whether I’ve seen it too,” he told Berla.
He continued: “For me it is cool. I look at it that it tells a lot that Ghanaian music is being appreciated across board. It’s a nice song [Arab version]; it’s not bad and has a good video to it. I saw it about 8 days ago and it had had about 1,000 views…
“It tells us that Ghanaian music stands the chance of making it across board. It is a good thing.
“For us as a team, we haven’t discussed the copyright issues. As a team, I’m unable to confirm everybody has seen the video.
Asked if Sarkodie samples songs of other artistes without seeking permission, Angel who says he has no issues with the Arabian cover explained:
“The right thing needs to be done. When you want to sample somebody’s music, obviously you just need to seek permission. That’s the right thing to do or maybe after you do it, you send it to the person that this is what I did with your music, check it out. The person should be able to tell you ‘no I’m not done with it or okay it’s fine with me you can put it out’. I think it’s just the right thing to do, maybe we don’t do it every time.
A possible collaboration?
“No [giggles]… Apparently these people have been in touch with the guy who organizes our European tours. He lives in France, he is French. Apparently they’ve tried countless times to be in touch with Sarkodie and they have not been able to reach him… I think they are a bunch of French speaking Arabians. They are young musicians and they were trying to do something.
“Personally I’m positive about it. I don’t think it’s a problem. I’m looking at it from the other side that Adonai is a little Ghanaian song that has been able to penetrate through all these,” Angel stated on GH One TV.
Sarkodie is currently preparing for a tour of Canada set for the first week of July.