Colombian superstar Shakira is once again at the center of a legal controversy as she is accused not giving Reggaeton arist Ñejo proper credit for his participation as singer and author of some of the lyrics of her song “Loca”(Crazy), reports Spanish news agency EFE.
Ñejo claims that although he thought 20% was fair, he was asked to sign a contract giving him ony 10% of royalties in the Spanish version of the song and 5% in the English version which included a collaboration with Dizzee Rascal. The rapper became upset when his name did not appear in the album’s credits.
“It is not fair. I need recognition and that they give me my place,” Ñejo told EFE.
Shakira’s right to music have been contested before. Most recently by Wilfrido Vargas who said that the singer used some of his music in her song “Waka Waka,” which became the official song of the 2010 World Cup. Vargas never officially sued as it seemed that both version were taken from a popular African song based on a military melody, Zangalewa, popular throughout the continent.
In 2006 Shakira was also accused of using a refrain from a song by Jerry Rivera in her hit “Hips don’t Lie” but the claims were dismissed.