Award-winning music producer Prince “Oskid” Tapfumaneyi’s (pictured right) was on Wednesday summoned by police for allegedly failing to meet contractual agreements with a local artist.
By Kennedy Nyavaya
According to a source, the musician made a report at Highlands Police Station on Tuesday resulting in Oskid being summoned the next day.
Oskid is riding high following Winky D’s recently released album titled Gafa Futi. The young producer is the one behind the masterpiece — a 12-track album that is already causing waves in the country.
However, it is the way that Oskid handles other artists that has landed him in trouble.
The Gweru-born producer is alleged to have received $350 early this year to record five songs for Drum Dada, real name Tatenda Mutara but the producer later claimed to have lost the recorded songs, which he said were at the mastering stage.
Drum Dada last week confirmed the fallout with Oskid, saying he was disappointed by the producer.
“We paid him $350 for the five tracks that we had agreed to work on together. So, he was supposed to give us the tracks last week, but he started ignoring our telephone calls,” said Drum Dada .
“They have to respect and value every artist who pays to record at their studios because music is all we have and we also want to be big and take care of our families.”
Drum Dada, famed for the dancehall tune, Chekuseri, said the incident had stalled his work since the tracks were part of his forthcoming album which was supposed to have been released two months ago.
“I was supposed to release my album in August, so it has already affected me since most of the big names have released their new albums,” he said.
“I was disappointed with the way he treated me since I paid for all the tracks that we were supposed to release as part of my forthcoming album.”
Drum Dada, however, said Oskid and his manager were now communicating with him after the intervention of the police. He said the duo had since apologised to him and promised to work with him on a fresh project.
“They said they were sorry and they are willing to start the project so that we finish the tracks urgently” he said.
“As long as he provides good service, I don’t think I will not have any problem working with him.”
Oskid on Friday told The Standard Style that the issue had been resolved amicably and they were starting recording sessions tomorrow.
“That issue was solved and we are now in good books. I am even surprised that someone told you that because we have resolved the matter,” he said.
Oskid, who has made great achievements on the local music arena, seems to be attracting a fair share of controversy as similar accusations by other musicians emerged recently.
The producer, however, has refuted the allegations, claiming it was the hand of his detractors bent on tarnishing his image.
“Those guys are just looking for a platform to establish their own names, but I have no problem with them,” he said.