Music producer and CEO of Slip Music, Mark Okraku Mantey, has dared sound engineer, Sugar Tone aka Gideon Darko to take him to court to settle their misunderstanding over the production by Okraku of a remix version of Sugar Tone’s song titled One Litre.
According to Sugar Tone, One Litre was part of a compilation he was working on with the composer of that song, Nana Yaw Kumi, which had songs of other artistes like Kofi B, Naa Agyeman, Sarkodie, Castro, Screw Face, Lucky Mensah and Dr Paa Bobo.
Sugar Tone said he expected the album to be a hit but before plans were concluded for its release, he was surprised to hear a remix version of One Litre on radio and later learnt that it was Okraku Mantey who had produced it.
Since then, Sugar Tone has been threatening to take musician, Nana Yaw Kumi to court for giving out the song to Mark Okraku when they had a contract about its release.
Sugar Tone told Dr Cann, host of Showbiz Extra on Happy Fm that by their action; Nana Yaw Kumi and Okraku Mantey wants to kill his career since he has been working tirelessly for the past three years to put together his compilation.
He said he expected Okraku Mantey to know better than to steal someone’s artiste and record a remix version of a song which was yet to be released.
However, when Okraku Mantey was contacted, he told Showbiz last Sunday that he was not afraid of any court action since there was no contract between Sugar Tone and Nana Yaw Kumi.
According to Mark Okraku Mantey, he heard the One Litre song on radio and contacted Nana Yaw Kumi and asked him if he would like to do a remix of the song.
Mark said after Nana Yaw had told him there was no contract between him and Sugar Tone, he went ahead to do a remix of the song which featured Guru.
“I knew the implications before I got myself involved. If there was an agreement between Nana Yaw and Sugar Tone , there was no way I would have done a remix of the song but because there was no agreement, I got sound engineer, Appietus to do a remix of the One Litre song which is now called Break Into Two and it’s doing very well” Mark Okraku said.
Mark said it was about time Sugar Tone got himself abreast with copyright issues and stop going on air to tarnish his image by calling him names. “I am just waiting for Sugar Tone to take me to court”, he said.
On his part, Nana Yaw Kumi said he did not know why Sugar Tone “was going on radio stations to say that I have been ungrateful and threatening to take Mark and me to court.”
According to Nana Yaw, Sugar Tone should rather be happy for him. “I have been with Sugar Tone for many years and no one knew of me but today, everyone is calling me because of the remix Mark did for me”.