Tiwa Savage Angry With Tekno And Ciara’s Rip Off Of Her Song ‘Before Nko’

Just months after Tekno was called out by veteran group Danfo Drivers for an unauthorized use of their hit Jogodo in a remix of the same title, singer Tiwa Savage is on a warpath with Tekno for the same infringement.


Sometimes last week, American R&B diva Ciara
announced a collaboration with the MMMG
signed Tekno titled ‘Freak Me ’. It was
apparent that being aware of the growing
African music industry, Ciara tapped on one of
the most known voice on the continent, Tekno.
The video to the song was released almost

However, Tekno was conspicuously missing. In
the same vein, unlike Ciara who excitedly
shared the artwork for the single, Tekno
refrained from doing so- which artiste-
turned-Instagram blogger Tunde Ednut pointed

It didn’t take fans long to recognize the
striking similarities between the new song ‘
Freak Me’ and a song on Tiwa Savage’s 2015
album RED titled ‘ Before Nko’.

NET can exclusively confirm that neither Tekno
nor Ciara obtained clearance or permission
from Tiwa Savage before infringing on her
copyright, a move that has left the talented
mother of one extremely aggrieved.

A member of Tiwa Savage’s camp who spoke to
us exclusively on the condition of anonymity
revealed the level of disappointment she has in
Tekno, whom she considered a friendly
colleague; not in the least because they both
are Pepsi ambassadors and know each other

‘We were surprised that they went that route.
They didn’t even just sample some strings, the
beat and lyrics of the hook are basically the
same. Tiwa is extremely upset because it seems
like a rip off of her sweat.’

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Asked if there were any enquiries from the Ubi
Franklin led MMMG, the answer was negative.
‘They didn’t ask or inform us before the song
was made. As a matter of fact, we reached out
to them when we heard the song but they didn’t
do us the courtesy of even responding.

This is not how to do things. Tekno himself is
not sharing links to the song as much as his boss
Ubi is. This is

wrong‘, our well-placed source said.

He added too that ‘It may not have been in
Ciara’s place to know that the song belonged to
someone else but the onus was on Tekno as the
featured act and producer (who we believe
gave the song to her anyway) to inform her.’
On our part, we contacted Ubi Franklin before
filing this report. Calls were not answered and
text messages sent to him were not replied at
the time of publishing this.

Although Tiwa Savage (along with Don Jazzy, his
brother DPrince ) was listed as one of the composers on streaming sites such as TIDAL, she believes that does not suffice as ‘permission’.

It is the second time this year that Tekno would
be accused of song theft. In May, the duo of
Mountain Black and Med Melon called him out
for appropriating their early 2000’s hit Jogodo
. Tekno did not deny the charge but soon after
was seen with the singers in an apparent
reconciliatory mode.

Last year, he was also criticized for
interpolating parts of 50cent’s In Da Club in his
Go single.

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