Sound Sultan and his Naija Ninja label have told Nigerian Entertainment Today they’ll be suing upcoming Pop artiste Sean Tizzle over an alleged breach of contract, illegal use of intellectual property and more.
The label headed by Sultan’s elder brother Dare Fasasi better known as Baba Dee claims Sean Tizzle (real name – Oluwaseun Oluwabamidele) not only walked out of a management and recording contract but has also hijacked a number of songs including the popular single ‘Sho lee’.
Investigations reveal Sean Tizzle (formerly known simply as ‘Sean’) started up by making a break with Naija Ninja when he was signed along with other starters – Karma, Yung GreyC and Blacka. The crew along with Sound Sultan formed the final face of ‘Naija Ninja’ with Baba Dee playing a background role. The label went on to release their first project in October 2012, an EP aptly titled ‘The Rebirth’.
Months later it was a bit surprising to find out that Sean Tizzle had signed another deal with popular beat-maker D’Tunes (who had just parted with Iyanya and MMMG label). Sean dropped his first official single ‘Sho lee’ and began receiving some buzz.
‘He just didn’t return to the studio, didn’t call us, practically just blacked out on us’, Baba Dee who handles the business angle of the label says. Baba Dee told NET that they’ve met with Sean Tizzle and his new label/management Difference Entertainment (owned and headed D’Tunes) to discuss two things – to acknowledge his breach of his contract and the five songs (including ‘Sho lee’) all written by Sound Sultan in his possession.
‘We have been very civil about this, unfortunately they haven’t. Sean has a two year-two album deal with us’, Baba Dee says neither D’Tunes nor his new label have agreed to their terms which included buying out Sean’s contract and agreeing who owns mechanical, publishing and performance rights to ‘Sho lee’. Baba Dee says Sean Tizzle also claims there is no contract between himself and Naija Ninja insisting he has misplaced his.
A rep for Naija Ninja tells us that Sean Tizzle was served a court letter over the matter while he was partying at a nightclub at the popular Elegushi beach some weeks ago. The Pop artiste however refused to receive the letter.
A rep for Sean Tizzle and Difference Entertainment however insiste the whole matter is baseless. They told NET ‘It’s all propaganda, that’s all we have to say’.
D’Tunes refused to neither pick our phone calls nor respond to text messages.
Sound Sultan has however played it pretty cool; he has been at least at three different venues where Sean Tizzle has performed ‘Sho lee’ and has kept his calm.