After news broke that Okuraseni Samuel of Mentor fame was accusing Ghanaian music duet, R2Bees for copying his style in their single, ?Odo? which was released on July 23, 2012, the half part of the duo, Paedae also spoke on the issue indicating that he does not know who (Okuraseni) is, talk of his looks and neither have they heard any of his songs, rather he has been told, he is claiming his brother, Mugeez stole his style.
This song actually came out as a surprise with everyone asking the same question? R2Bees doing hi-life? But in this business of music, one needs to be versatile and that?s what the music group did.
But come to think of it, why is Mugeez not adding his voice to the issue at hand or it?s their management?s decision to keep him away from all this brouhaha about whose voice he mimed or whose style he copied.
Flexghana.com, in an phone interview with Okuraseni Samuel lamented that he actually didn?t want to go further with the issue but from the look of things the truth needs to be told, ??the voice you hear in the song is mine, ?Odo? is a nice track and it has my spirit in it so whether they accept the truth or not, I have my spirit and voice in there.??
??Initially, Mugeez was called Gorgormi when he started singing in Samini?s camp before branding himself as Mugeez when he and Paedae paired to form R2Bees but now he is part of my clan called the Nkurasesem Clan which will soon be and that simply means he really admires my style besides whiles I was participating on Mentor, he was home watching me sing??, he revealed.
When asked if Paedae, the better half of the duo is aware of Mugeez being a partof his Clan, he motioned that we verify that from him in person, ??I can`t speak for him, but just as a lot of people would want to be like Kojo Antwi, DL among others, it?s clear that Mugeez wants to be like me also though he is not the only person and I am happy to know that people really admire what I do.??
Furthermore, he uncovered that quite a number of radio personalities have been calling him for ?Payola? to the song and ??I keep asking myself, why would these professionals still call me even when Mugeez` voice has been tagged with to the song?.
On his take on whether they (R2bees) really do not know him nor have heard his songs before, Okuraseni Samuel refuted indicating they have met several times but did not state categorically where.
However, he urged that the duo?s manager, Ike Ato Arhin once met with him at Accra Mall to discuss some undisclosed issues with him as well as over a concert they also had to perform in Finland some time ago, ??I still have the invitation from Afro Multi Cultural, a Finland Event Organization Company which includes both the duo?s full names as well as mine that we were billed to perform during their carnival dubbed ?Finnish Africa Music and Arts festival? but it?s all good.??