Ghanaian gospel musician Joe Mettle has landed in big trouble after being accused of stealing a song belonging to US-based Ghanaian gospel musician Fletcher Narh.
Fletcher Narh revealed this in an interview on Neat FM accusing Joe Mettle of lifting his song without approval from his management.
According to Fletcher Narh, his breakthrough song, ‘Mayi W’aye’ which was released 15 years ago was taken by Joe Mettle in 2015 also titled “Meyi W’aye” without going through the due copyright process.
“I sang Meyi W’aye about 15 years ago,” he told Neat FM on Tuesday. “I’m the only one that understands the history behind the song and how God gave the song. But you know how Ghanaians behave, people do not do the right thing.”
He further narrated that Joe Mettle contacted him to sample the song but both didn’t agree on a term before it was released.
“He called me years ago and told me he had done all the research and he loves the song and that he wanted to do [sample] it. I said ‘that’s okay. I have a lot of songs but we have to do it the right way’. He even wanted to know how much I was going to charge for it. I need to pray about it and all that but by the time I realised, he had released it,” he narrated.
He said he couldn’t take on Joe Mettle because the Ghanaian system doesn’t empower copyright owners to take on offenders.
Though excited to see Joe Mettle sample his song, Fletcher said he should have been given some credit.
“I believe that the truth is the truth and nothing can outlive the truth. I was in America when people sent me videos and it was exciting but I feel that I deserved some credit,” he added.
Watch Fletcher Narh’s interview below;