Latest: Carter Efe details rift, slams Berri Tiga over ‘Machala’
Instagram content creator and musician Oderhohwo Joseph Efe aka Carter Efe has claimed that the management of Berri Tiga demanded a 65% revenue cut on their hit song Machala.
Efe and Tiga joined forces for ‘Machala’, a now-popular song dedicated to Wizkid, the Afropop singer.
The song some months back hit number one on theApple and Spotify streaming platforms before it was yanked off.
The controversy between the pair started recently over who actually owned the song.
Efe had in an interview claimed he only featured Tiga in the song, adding that the hit belongs to him.
But Tiga countered Efe’s claim, pointing out that he composed it.
In a live video, Efe raised an alarm that Tiga is allegedly trying to cheat him on the revenue from the song.
“I’ve never sang any song and I’ve never written one either. I’d been hyping Wizkid for 10 years. The first message I sent him was in 2018 when I told him I loved him. I was listening to freestyle online. It had the beats.
“I sang along with Wizkid’s nickname Machala. What I did was call Berri Tiga. Before I met Berri, I wanted to help him promote his own song separately. I called him and told him to let’s do a song where I get to feature him.
“Berri had already released three songs. I called him over and we created a hit. I knew if I sang something about Wizkid, it would be a hit. He didn’t tell me he was under any management.
“We did the song and it became a hit, only for his management to call me. I didn’t even know there was this much money in music. I’ll do this music thing till I die, even if my song never cracks the top 100.” Carter said
Efe said he proposed their partnership, promoted the song, and paid for its distribution.
“I paid the distribution guy N3.5 million. But Berri is dragging the song with me, even when he hardly promotes it. They started arguing about money, insisting they would collect 65% from my own music,” Efe said.
“In this music industry, there are devils. We’re joking in the comedy industry, fooling ourselves, and think we’re making money. There’s bastard money in music. That’s why they want to cheat me.
“I know nothing about music, so they want to scam me, claiming I offered Berri 100k or 5% of the song’s proceeds.”