Carter Efe and Berri Tiga have each made conflicting statements about what happened between them that caused their smash track “Machala” to be removed from streaming services weeks after it was released.
Wizkid FC and other listeners supported the song right away, and thanks to their streaming, it debuted at number two on TurnTable Nigeria Top 100 and number one on Apple Music Nigeria Top 100.
The song’s lead act is the comedian Carter Efe, who fronted it through his big social media following. Berri Tiga, however, delivered the song’s performance.
“Machala” was removed from streaming services in August, and word of its removal spread swiftly.
There were numerous theories as to why the music was removed, with many people guessing that Wizkid’s team may have started a copyright suit against the tune. However, many figures in the music business speculated that it was probably because of a dispute between Carter and Berri.
Regarding what happened between him and Berri, Carter has spoken openly. He claimed to have granted Berri permission to appear on the song, which belongs to him. He went on to say that at Berri’s request, he removed a Hotkid verse that was intended to be on the song.
Carter alleges that Berri reneged on the deal after all and even tried to claim ownership of the tune.
Berri said that he penned and performed “Machala” while explaining his side of the tale in song.
He accepted a 70/30 share of the record and acknowledged that Carter is the rightful owner of the song. He claimed that when Carter’s crew attempted to bribe him off with 100,000 naira, things turned ugly. This was before Carter gave him a contract outlining his lack of permission to sing the song. As he composed and sang the song, Berri disclosed that he resisted signing
Berri Tiga said ;
“We did a song, I sang the song from the beginning to the end, we dropped the song, you are not tagging me on your page, you are not carrying me to show. You offered me a 95-5 percent, you taking 95 and me taking 5% off a song that I sang from beginning to the end. You sent a deal that I don’t have a right to perform this song, you said It was a mistake, we finally settled for 70% – 30%. My management advised we do a 40-60 but i was like Carter should take 70, let me take 30 since Carter is promoting the song.
I got a call from Sydney talker and Carter the next day telling me that they are going to pay me off the song with one hundred thousand naira. A song i wrote from the beginning to end, where does that happen?”
Watch the full video below;
💀— 🏽🌹♡ 🐳 @OneJoblessBoy (@OneJoblessBoy) September 15, 2022
"Sydney Talker and Carter Efe offered to pay me off for Machala with 100k"
– Berri Tiga pic.twitter.com/DlMNm5ofja
Which of the acts made the initiative to remove the music from streaming services is still a mystery.