Come for your royalties, Cindy tells producer Washington

Songbird Cinderella Sanyu, alias Cindy, has asked music producer David Washington Ebangit to come fetch his royalties.

Cindy and Producer David Washington

The development comes after the veteran producer, this past week, took to Facebook to list songs which royalties he demands a share of.

The list had some of Cindy's songs, including her hits One and Only, and Ayokyayokya.

The songstress, who was interviewed by media after her performance at the Nyege Nyege festival over the weekend, said that she is okay with Washington collecting his royalties because he laid the foundation for her career.

"I don't have issues with Washington and I want him to get his money. These days we have a document called a split sheet that indicates how much everyone involved in the production of a song will earn. When the money comes, the process is smooth," Cindy, who is also the president of the Uganda Musicians Association, said.

"So, I'm requesting Washington, like the way he announced in public, let me also declare it from here; I'm asking Washington to come and we sign those papers, he gets his share and I get mine and we move on. I don't have any problem with that because he started my career," she declared.

"Washington is one of the best producers this country, this region has ever had, so he deserves what he is asking for her."

Washington Ebangit got netizens talking when he released the list of some of his most successful songs, saying he wants royalties for his input.

Also known as Magic Washington, the producer listed multiple songs that he has done with several household names and a surprise on the list - President Yoweri Museveni.

Museveni, who has composed songs from traditional tales, worked with Washington on Kwezi Kwezi.

Some of the other songs Washington named include Adam Ne Kaawa (Bobi Wine), Eddiba (Juliana Kanyomozi), Gold Digger (Jackie Chandiru), Lonely (Bebe Cool), Don't Cry (Wizkid ft GoodLyfe) and Love Letter (Lilian Mbabazi).

In a call with this reporter last week, Washington decried illegal music distributing platforms that have denied musicians a chance to earn from their money.

The producer, who said he was financially okay, noted that most producers and musicians are struggling because they don't benefit as much from their music because digital platforms are freely distributing their music.

He said his problem is not with musicians, but with illegal music distributors.

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