(26-2-2009) According to dpa (Deutsche Presse Agentur) reports, Cameroon musician Manu Dibango (75) failed with his court case against Michael Jackson and Rihanna.
In early February 2009, Dibango had filed a lawsuit against Rihanna and Michael Jackson in Paris (France). He was claiming they stole a hook from one of his songs. Parts of Dibango’s “Soul Makossa” (1972) were used on the track “Wanna be Startin’ Something” on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album. Back then, he and Michael Jackson had reached a financial settlement in this matter. But in 2007, Rihanna obtained permission to use the same section of melody on her hit single “Please don’t stop the music.” Dibango was reportedly seeking €500,000 in damages. His lawyers had also asked the court to block record labels Sony BMG, EMI and Warner from receiving any income from the records until the matter is settled.
However, the court in Paris rejected his motion as being illegitimate.
Last year Dibango had successfully applied for his name being listed on Rihanna’s releases containing the song ‘Don`Stop The Music’. The court in Paris ruled that with this agreement the African artist abdicated from any further claims.
Sources: MJFC / MJFC Germany / dpa / Welt Online/michaeljackson.ning.com