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Popular 2000s Ghanaian group, 5Five never got royalties from ‘Muje Baya’ – Here is why

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In 2011, there was no party, club, or recreational event that ended without hearing hook ‘Muje Baya.’

It was an iconic line on the song ‘Move Back’ which has grown into one of the biggest sensational hits opening the second decade of the millennium.

Fresh revelation suggests that despite the money accrued from shows among other deals, the now-defunct 5Five and their manager at the time, Bullgod got no royalties from audio streaming services.

They laid the blame squarely at the foot of veteran music producer, Appietus.

This situation also includes four other songs of theirs facilitated by the same producer.

Watch the clash between Appiatus and 5Five below on Accra-based CTV and monitored by The Culture Joint.

One half of the 5Five group, Papi says Appietus handed the song to music distribution services in return for revenue without his or his manager at the time, Bullgod’s knowledge.

This means that every time you streamed a 5Five song on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal, or Boomplay, the rewards went into Appietus’ pockets.

Veteran music producer does not dispute this fact. His reasons are that the duo did not clear studio fees.

Producer Appietus says he was pained by the ungratefulness shown him by the aritstes after the song blew up.

But the group says they were not aware of this until last year, making it 13 years of no revenue from streaming services.

For him, this warrants his continuous ownership of the songs.

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