Juntal is the latest Zimbabwean artist accused of plagiarism in a song.
The local rhumba musician has denied copying Bebi Philip’s soundtrack on Balaumba for his song, Mutupo. It has been noted that Juntal real name Farai Serima’s, hit song had too many similarities to the Ivorian musician’s song. ‘Mutupo’ is said to sound like ‘Balaumba’ as well as having similar visual concepts.
Speaking to NewsDay, his manager, Luckmore Kambadza, dismissed the allegations of infringing copyright. He said that no one can claim to have produced something that is not similar to someone’s work.
“The first 10 seconds of the song sounds the same, but the overall work is different. Besides, anywhere in Africa and in the world, who has produced something that is not similar to someone’s work? Juntal has been making videos before and has scooped a lot of awards. It’s just that most people do not understand the genre. What actually made Mutupo a hit song is how Juntal played around the video and how creative and outstanding he was.”
Juntal is set to share the stage with Congolese rhumba icon Fally Ipupa at the Harare International Conference Centre on May 26. He will perform alongside music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi at the Ipupa gig. The event is being organised by flamboyant socialite Genius “Ginimbi” Kadungure.