Ciara has been getting a lot of buzz from her teaser single “Level Up,” and she is following it up with the release of another promotional single called “Freak Me” featuring the Nigerian Afrobeat artist Tekno. Fans in Nigeria, however, are crying foul after pointing out that Ciara’s new song is very similar to a song from Afrobeat artist Tiwa Savage, entitled “Before Nko.” Ciara gave full credit to Tiwa Savage in a tweet, saying that she was used as both an inspiration and a sample for the song.
I’m of Nigerian ancestry, and I love the fact that Ciara is reaching out to the motherland and repping our culture. Things can become problematic when music used without proper citation and credit, but this is not what Ciara has done. She gave full props to Tiwa Savage, and this looks like a win-win for all parties involved! Go Ciara, Go Tiwa, Go Tekno!