Kenyan giant bank KCB has dared rap group P-Unit to go to court over Weka Weka advert if they think they have rights over the phrase Weka Weka.
Earlier this week,we reported that the group had signalled their intention to sue the bank over the use of the phrase in their marketing campaigns. They claimed the phrase was first used by the group in the song by the same title in 2014 off their Wagenge Hao album.
The bank argues that, ‘weka’ is a Kiswahili word that means ‘to put’. “It is not an original that an artist can claim to have independently conceived since no one can claim custodianship of a language.
“Your Client cannot therefore ride on the phrase ‘Weka Weka’ for a claim of copyright infringement against KCB as the same is not copyrightable,” the bank said.
KCB has been using the tagline ‘weka weka’ to raise awareness about their savings platform on M-Pesa.
But in its response, KCB claimed to be the one that coined the phrase ‘Weka Weka’ and not P-Unit. “On 29th August, 2011, KCB launched a campaign dubbed as ‘Weka Weka promotion’ way before your client released the song ‘Weka Weka’, in 2015,” stated the ban.
It added that their latest campaign, ‘Weka Weka na KCB M-Pesa’ is a continuation of the initial campaign that begun in 2011. KCB now want P-Unit apologise in terms to be approved by the lending institution and to cease from making the claim against KCB.
The single “Weka Weka” which introduced a new concept of music distribution by fans paying KES. 20 to download and listen to the song before the mainstream release.
A rumored breakup of the group was confirmed to be false in 2015. However, the individuals within the group are doing solo projects, with Frasha releasing a number of singles.