Producer in $40 out of court settlement

HARARE - Music producer — Lyton Ngolmi — has paid an out of court settlement of $40 to an upcoming artiste for injuries sustained in a brawl over songs’ ownership.

Lyton Ngolomi and his brother, Brian, were alleged to have beaten up Nicholas Chirunga in a dispute involving two songs.

Chirunga belongs to Mathias Mhere’s band.

“The matter had dragged in the police after I was denied medication at a local hospital. We were supposed to go to court but Ngolomi opted for an out of court settlement where he gave me $40 for medication,” said Chirunga adding that he had sustained mouth and head injuries from the brawl.

Chirunga claimed that Ngolomi admitted that the songs Chisikwa and Nditenderei were not his.

“Lyton has admitted in front of Mhere’s band manager that he was not the owner of the songs,” said Chirunga.

Efforts to obtain a comment from Ngolomi were fruitless as his mobile phone was not reachable by the time of going to print.

Mhere said such things happen with a number of bands.

“I am not fully aware of the developments but I just know that there is a tense situation among band members. Of course Chirunga, my manager and Ngolomi held a meeting but I am not at liberty to disclose what they discussed and agreed,” he said.

The Ngolomis allegedly failed to contain their anger after Chirunga accused them of stealing two of “his songs” Chisikwa and Nditenderei which are included on the Ngolomi’s Extreme Afrique album.

Ngolomi’s studio boasts of recording big names in the gospel music circles such as Blessing Shumba, Mathias Mhere, Sebastian Magacha, Olinda Marowa, Kudzi Nyakudya, Rumbi Zvirikuzhe, Joyce Simeti, Fortunate Kwaramba, Agatha Murudzwa, and Bethen Pasinawako-Ngolomi among others.

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