Country Life Music Ltd, the label which represents soca star Farmer Nappy (Darryl Henry), is planning to take legal action against Guyana’s People’s Progressive Party (PPP) after two of the singer’s songs were used by the political party in a campaign promotion without his knowledge.
This was confirmed by Henry’s manager, Katrina Chandler, in a telephone interview yesterday.
“Yes, we are taking legal action for both songs, ‘Hookin’ Meh’ and ‘So Long’, off the Purple Heart Riddim,” said Chandler.
The manager said while Nadia Batson wrote the song “So Long”, the reason Henry’s name is attached to it is he owns part of the master recording for the song.
The singer was in Guyana recently to perform at the launch of the campaign of the Guyanese ruling coalition party, A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC), at D’Urban Park.
During a radio interview on Guyanese radio station 98.1FM, Henry said he was contacted by representatives of the coalition party to work with them for a campaign promotion, ahead of the March 2 regional and general elections.
Chandler said Henry did a jingle for the APNU+AFC party that was paid for.
However, their stay in Guyana turned sour after they found out both songs were used by the PPP without the singer’s consent.
Chandler said: “The PPP illegally used ‘Hookin’ Meh’ and ‘So Long’. We wrote it and they (the party) had someone else sing it. They used the entire Purple Heart Riddim, which is owned by Country Life Music Ltd.”
While Henry declined to comment on the matter during the radio interview in Guyana, he said his management is “dealing with that”.
According to reports from the Guyana Chronicle, a local soca monarch reworked the songs, and Guyanese radio host Kirk “Chow Pow” Jardine mentioned on air last Friday that he cautioned the local artiste about copyright infringement.