Samuel Atoubi Baah, Head of Communications of Zylofon Media, parent company of Zylofon Music told Graphic Showbiz Newspaper, “we are trying to work out the contractual issues that led to his misgivings.”
The ‘Mama‘ artiste joined the imprint in June 2017. He left the label early this year for what people close to him say was as a result of entrenched differences, broken promises and also non-alignment of goals.
He agreed to join the label because he was promised he would be its only Dancehall/Reggae artiste.
Shatta Wale joining the label in January 2018 is said to have infuriated Stonebwoy because he was kept in the dark until the official unveiling, and also because it was a break of the promise made to him.
In an interview on HITZ FM on Sunday, March 11, 2018, his comments suggested that he didn’t like the idea of two artistes of the same genre on one label.
“I wouldn’t because I believe that the people should feel free….You can’t have two left wingers (Number 11s) playing in a match in one team. I think you have to play fair. I think it is nicer. It doesn’t have anything to do with Zylofon anyway.”
Stonebwoy also wasn’t happy about attempts by the label to force him to promote their brand, works or affiliates. He didn’t want to promote ‘Zylofon Dream’ and ‘Zylofon Cash’ because it wasn’t a part of the deal he signed.
“I believe say if they say that I do not promote the record label and that’s why they signed on another brother to come and promote the record label, I think if it is working for the stable, the record label, that’s in their best of interest because it is what they want. That is what they have to do to get the business running.” expressed the artiste in a February 2018 interview with Prince Tsegah on HITZ FM.
The company’s official position is that Stonebwoy still still signed to the label.
A statement released on Tuesday, March 13 and signed by Baah listed him as one of their artistes.
The “contractual relations” according to the company gives it the “sole right to the use of the artiste’s name, voice, likeness, sound and similar characteristics for the purpose of advertising, promotions, selling and otherwise merchandising discs, tapes and other audio and video recordings produced from master products by artistes.”
The label adviced any persons interested in working with their artistes to seek “the express consent and concurrence of Zylofon Media Company Limited.”
It threatened to seek a “swift and strict enforcement in a court of law” if there is a “deliberate infringement on the right” of the company.