Tanzanian artist Diamond Platinumz on Sunday released a remix of ‘Maria Salome‘ originally done by songstress Saida Karoli.
The remix, a collaboration of Diamond and Rayvanny of Wasafi Record Label, steps back in time to resurrect a hit that was popular in late 90’s.
Comparisons between the original version and the remix end with the beats and the chorus. Beyond that, director Nicorux of South Africa unleashes a masterstroke of creativity in the music video that embodies cultures drawn across east and west Africa.
In the video, Diamond and Rayvanny clad in a variety of African attires, complete with African props.
However, the remix was quickly assailed with claims of copyright infringement upon release, with fans raising concerns on whether Wasafi Records sufficiently rewarded songstress Saida Karoli for the adoption of her song.
Diamond’s manager Sallam Sharaf came out to clear the air on the agreement between them and Ms Karoli’s team.
Among other things, the copyright of the song remains with the original singer.
Also, there was an undisclosed amount paid to Ms Karoli in the agreement that will see the proceeds of the remix shared equally.
Mr Sharaf also posted a photo of Mzee Felician Mutakyawa, a representative of Ms Karoli, witnessing the signing of the deal with Diamond.
Tunakushukuru sana Uongozi wa Saida Karoli Mzee Felician Mutakyawa kutupa Haki Na Baraka zote kutumia wimbo wa Maria Salome. Tunatambua kwamba Nyimbo hii itaendelea kuwa moja ya nyimbo bora kuwahi kutoka katika nchi ya Tanzania. #Salome Link in @diamondplatnumz & @rayvanny’s Bio
A photo posted by “Jorgé Mendez” 🔑 (@sallam_sk) on Sep 18, 2016 at 1:35pm PDT
Saida Karoli, who is now aged 40, recorded the ‘Maria Salome‘ hit along with ‘Ndombolo ya Solo‘ back in the 90’s and became a sensation across east Africa.
Little is known about her whereabouts, her last public appearance was in 2013 when she came out to dispel a bad rumor that said she had passed on.
Here is the video of Diamond’s version of the song.