By Amini Nyaungo
Bongo Flava artistes Aslay Isihaka aka ‘Aslay’ and his fellow musician ‘Nandy’ have been fined Sh5m for singing and recording ‘Subalkheri’ song without the consent of the owners, a taarabu group based in Zanzibar.
Their new song emanates from a traditional Taarabu group in Zanzibar.
The two artists said they did not contact the group prior to recording the song and have agreed to pay the fine.
However, the traditional taarab group leader Taimur Twaha said previous agreement within the group was to sue the two artists.
“We have reached an agreement with the two artists and they have agreed to pay us the sum of Sh5m,” he said.
According to the leader, the artistes Manager also requested that they settle the issue outside the court by entering into a contract with the taarabu group for mutual benefit.
Twaha said at one point when Salmin Amour Jumbe was still the president of Zanzibar; he advised them never to allow modern touch in their songs.