Are Kenyan producers lazy? Octopizzo’s ‘Wakiritho’ beat a copy paste refix of Tyga’s ‘Loco Contigo’

Sailors are riding a high after the release of the killer collaboration with Hip Hop great Octopizzo. But although the track is a winner, some research reveals there is more than what meets the eye, when it comes to the track’s success.

Sailors featured in the track ‘Wakiritho’ on November 6th, all while fellow gengetone act Ethic Entertainment was under fire for their lewd lyrics in the track ‘Tarimbo’ as reported on The Sauce. Sailors and Octopizzo worked with Jon Rook who engineered the audio production, while Mike Lolly P directed the visuals for the viral release which was a refresh for genge music. However, it seems that the audio is not entirely that new per se.

According to Mdundo News, popular Kenyan musician Octopizzo dropped his first collabo since 2017 dubbed ‘Wakiritho’ featuring fast-rising music group Sailors. The song advocates for the legalization of marijuana in the country, and with a catchy beat and stunning visuals it is easy to bop to the genre-blending release. A few hours after premiering, the song elicited positive reactions online, managing over 1,000 comments on YouTube. A unique element of the song is that it does not have ladies twerking, as is the norm with most Sailors’ songs. This gave the group lots of kudos from fans who associate the group with the objectification of women in their videos, and for once this was not the case. True growth for Sailors.

Another standout feature in the song is the amazing beats that provide nice accompaniment to the verses by the various artistes. After some extensive research, the tracks catchy beat is not an original. It is a remix of the Tyga, DJ Snake, J. Balvin collaboration ‘Loco Contigo’.

The release by the trio Tyga, DJ Snake and J.Balvin garnered 182M views on YouTube and is among the many releases to solidify J.Balvin’s star power in North America. The track was released on June 13th 2,019 and was part of the album ‘Carte Blanche’ from DJ Snake. His work led him to earn several nominations this year, including the MTV European Music Awards Best Electronic Award as well as the MTV Video Music ‘Best Dance’ award nod for the mega collab with Cardi B. Selena Gomez and Ozuna on the track ‘Taki Taki’.

The Octopizzo-Sailors collab is not the only release said to be modelled as a ‘refixed’ or ‘remixed’ musical productions. The same can also be said for video producers who borrow video concepts from other producers abroad and claim them as their own. The real O.G Khaligraph Jones has propelled his career from strategically aligning his music with creative beats, and leveraging his success from the work of various highly successful audio productions. Among them, Wizkid’s ‘Ojuelegba‘ has transformed into Khaligraph’s ‘ Open Doors‘ and the viral release ‘Toa Tint‘ was a replica of Future’s ‘Mask Off‘.

Sadly, this discovery lends itself to a much larger trend among local producers, which begs the question,’ are local producers lazy, or do they just draw inspiration from global hitmakers?’

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