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Tilahun unhappy over use of his songs

tilahunVeteran singer Tilahun Gessesse voiced his displeasure with musicians who are using his old hits without permission.

In less than three weeks, two Tilahun wanna be’s, Solomon Kebede and Anteneh Worku released collection albums that contain his classic hits “Minim Habt Bimolagne” and “Ye Hiwot Tesfa” with the slight alteration of original lyrics and music.

In an interview with Seifu Fantahun’s nightly music show, Tilahun said he didn’t authorize the musicians to make use of his songs and their action was “a clear infringement of copyright”.

Tilahun, who is now in the United States taking a retirement leave for reasons of health, told the interviewer over the phone that , “The copyright law which was supposed to protect us is failing us.” He put the blame on the Ethiopian Audio Visual Association that he says fall short in protecting intellectual property rights. “They have been calling us for meetings and demonstrations. But I am amazed that they have kept quite in the face of such violations,” said Tilahun.

Hunante Mulu, a producer for one of the albums, told Ethio-Channel that he has done nothing wrong and has obtained the songwriter’s, Tezera Haile Michael’s permission to use the song. He admitted, however Tilahun wasn’t contacted but insisted that he has frequently gone out of his way to pay tribute to Tilahun, including in the cover of the album. He also said he felt sorry that others have used the opening to issue the same works without getting permission.

Such remaking and recreations of older hits has become common occurrences, at times without bothering to show indebtedness to the original creators.

Categories: Music
  1. AWJS
    February 27, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    What a sad state of affairs!

  2. February 28, 2009 at 6:09 pm

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  3. gmb
    March 2, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    what a sad outcoming for ethiopian art.

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