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Lumba-Ampong feud: Why the big boys are fighting one other

The famous Daddy Lumba and Great Ampong’s feud which started since 2016 has recently reignited on social media.

Lumba and Ampong

Daddy Lumba and Isaiah Kwadwo Ampong had a falling out in 2016 over the alleged theft of GH340,000.00 from the profits of an album launch.

You may remember that in 2015, Daddy Lumba and Kwadwo Ampong released a smash tune called “Hossana” as part of a group named “Kojo Kojo.”

According to Ampong, there was supposed to be a 50/50 split of the profits made from the release of that song between the two of them and Daddy Lumba, but that never materialized.

The CEO of Bandex Music claimed that Daddy Lumba ran off with the funds and he has yet to get his due.

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This caused animosity between the bands since and even seven years later, Ampong harbors resentment.

Since then, Daddy Lumba, who is also harboring ill will against Ampong, has made no attempt at reconciliation.

Daddy Lumba recently issued a diss tune called “Ofon nae di asem fo,” which came with a strong warning to an adversary.

During the DL FM premiere, Daddy Lumba declared, “That worthless man, I am not done dealing with him.”

Based on an analysis of the song’s lyrics, internet users have determined that it is directed against Ampong.

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In spite of this, Isaiah Ampong, who has said unequivocally that the diss song was meant for him, has also threatened action.

Great Ampong, who says that the battle line has been drawn, commented on the song by saying that he is finished “cooking” his diss song and would release it very soon.

In line of this famous battle, here is breakdown of how the Ampong and Daddy Lumba beef started;

In 2015, Daddy Lumba and Kwadwo Ampong formed a group called ‘Kojo Kojo’ to release an album titled "Hossana”.

The 8-track album consisted of songs including ‘Hossana’, ‘Father and son’, ‘Jesus is a winner’ ‘Wo din no ye kese’ and many others.

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The call to action, however, was by Daddy Lumba who claimed to be an avid follower of Ampong and his songs.

“He called me on phone and told me that he is a fan and that he loves my music so he’d want us to work on a project. He invited me over to his house and we had a discussion about the song. It was all meant to give thanks to God for his life,” Great Ampong said in an interview with Delay in 2016.

However, in an interview with Kasapa FM’s Kojo Preko in 2016, Ampong admitted to not owning the rights to the album although 8 out of the 10 tracks were written by him.

He explained that his busy schedule made it difficult for him to do such, adding that he will do so when he gets ample time.

This was after the host asked why he failed to register the eight songs.

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“It’s mine, although I haven’t gotten the time to register them, I still count it as part of my intellectual property. I will register them soon. Unfortunately, our systems are a bit complicated,” he stated.

Ampong also maintained that even before the launch, he and Daddy Lumba agreed that they would split the proceeds, 40%, and 60% respectively.

Ampong said Daddy Lumba initially suggested a 50/50 equal cut, but he (Ampong) insisted on a 60/40 split because Lumba was the eldest.

This agreement, according to Ampong, was a verbal one. No written contract was formed between both parties.

“We also spoke about the proceeds from the song and he said we will have an equal 50/50 split. I even told him that he is the eldest and that I do not want to share things with him equally, so I proposed a 60/40. It was all a verbal agreement. Also, he wasn’t well at the moment so the idea of signing a written agreement was not on my mind. My idea was totally different. God is the only witness to everything. Including where we had the 60/40 verbal agreement,” he stated in an interview with Delay in 2016.

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According to Ampong , he also introduced Daddy Lumba who was battling some health crises at that time to Rev. Badu Kobi.

This, however, resulted in Lumba being gifted a convertible Mercedes Benz by the man of God who also anointed and prayed for him.

The pastor was said to have also permitted the launch of their album in his church.

“I introduced him to my pastor, Rev. Badu Kobi and he gifted Lumba a convertible Mercedes Benz. Papa prayed for him, prophesied, and anointed him. Lumba at that point even said he will take time off highlife and focus on the gospel till further notice. So papa led us to launch the event at his church and everything went on well,” Ampong told Delay.

However, their troubles started when Daddy Lumba left with the proceeds from the event which he hid in his car boot after they successfully launched the album in the church.

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Narrating the interesting circumstance under which he was cheated and tricked, Ampong told Delay:

“After the launch I was interacting and taking pictures with my friends and mates who I haven’t seen in about ten years. My brother-in-law then approached me and told me Lumba just sped off in his car. So, I quickly rushed backstage where they were counting the money and they told me that they had poured the money into a jute bag and Lumba kept it in his car boot.

"I waved at the car and he stopped. The only thing he said was God willing tomorrow. That was the last time I saw him. There was a period in December 2015 when I called him and he kept on tossing me. So, one day I picked up my phone and informed him that I will never call him until Jesus comes.

“When I made the necessary calculations, the money we accrued at the launch amounted to GHC2.2billion. that’s not all, we sold CDs of about 20,000 copies and each CD was sold at GHC7.00. The total cost of the CDs was GHC1.4 billion. So, we made about GHC3.6 billion. Also, people gave out some cheques at the launch but he has cashed everything out. I never had my share. Not even a cedi.”

Ampong, who claims to be the victim in the development, ruled out seeking legal redress.

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“I haven’t reported the incident to the police. I want to handle this myself. He is a cheat and everywhere I meet him, I’ll take my money. I could grab his clothes and attack him for my money. If I meet him at an event, then that particular show will scatter,” he told Delay.

Seven years after and the two legends are still releasing diss songs for one another, Daddy Lumba released a diss track titled ‘Ofon nae di asem fo’ which was accompanied by a stern warning to a detractor.

“That useless individual, I am not done dealing with him,” Daddy Lumba said while unveiling the song on DL FM.

Analyzing the contents of the song, netizens concluded that it is targeted at Ampong, However, Isaiah Ampong, said that the song was directed at him rather.

Ampong who claims that the battle line has been drawn said he is done ‘cooking’ his diss song and will release it very soon.

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Music lovers and fans are of the view that it is time for the longstanding beef to come to an end, to smoke a peace pipe between them.

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