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Charamba teaches Jah Signal a lesson

Charamba teaches Jah Signal a lesson


Pastor Charles Charamba has taught Nicodemus Mutize,popularly known as Jah Signal, a lesson after his hit songs were pulled off YouTube channel following copyrights infringements.

In a statement, Charamba said Jah Signal’s songs, “Shinga Muroora” and “Tengai Mafuta,” were unauthorised remixes of his own songs.

“We have noted the YouTube striking down of Jah Signal’s songs, “Shinga Muroora” and “Tengai Mafuta”. We are alive to the various reactions and also requests by some media houses on our response to the same. We wish to set the record on this matter,” Charamba said.

He expresses his concerns about the change in lyrics and romantic content, considering the original songs were gospel songs.

Charamba clarifies that he does not seek royalties or damages and has no intention of suing Jah Signal.

He emphasizes the importance of respecting copyrights and urges fellow artists to obtain consent and acknowledge copyrights to avoid complications.

 Charamba wishes Jah Signal success in his career and offers to engage with him to protect his YouTube channel from further issues.


1. Sometime in 2018 Jah Signal released his song, “Shinga Muroora”. The song was a rendition of our own song, “Kana vanhu vangu,” which we released in 2001.

2. We got to know about the song when it was sent through WhatsApp by his manager who was asking for our permission. After listening to the song, we were so concerned about the changing of original lyrics into romantic words. We declined the proposal through text as well. We mentioned that the changing of meaning brought to the song was not good for a song known to be Gospel. We found it blasphemous and mockery. In no time the song was released.

There was a very clear infringement of copyright laws.

3. We were naturally not pleased, but chose not to raise issue with this. We accepted the reality and moved on. We did not even wish to get any payment for this. This remains our position to date, we do not want any share of royalties or damages. We also communicated to ZIMURA that we were not interested with sharing monies with the artist.

Furthermore, have no desire to sue Jah Signal, he’s our son, just like many other young artists.

5. We had no plans to act after six (6) years. A few months ago, (September 2023), Jah Signal released another song called “Tengai Mafuta”. The song is a remix of “Tengai Mafuta” by Mai Charamba. Just like “Shinga Muroora”, it’s about romantic overtones. Though we had been doing the clean-up onour music for the past three years, we had spared “Shinga Muroora “on the basis that it had made too many views. The further infringement on “Tengai Mafuta” prompted us to act on both songs and other “infringing songs” which had been spared for a long time.

6. No consent was sought, no consent was granted and for us, this was a very clear infringement of copyright laws. For both songs, he did not acknowledge the original composer which is the norm. There’s also a breach of moral rights.

7. We are not more special than anyone in God’s eyes. Any can ask for our song if they want to reproduce it just like what Dr Tawanda has done to “Tauya Kuzomutenda”. We do not claim to own any word from the Bible but we have rights to the melodies on which those words it is allowed for all of us to sing the same verse of the Bible, it is God’s Word.

8. Music is now a technological product that is controlled and monitored by various software that scan the various platforms. Abuses and copyright infringements are flagged and action is sometimes taken even without the awareness of the owner.

YouTube has its laws and regulations regarding copyright infringements on its platform and ways in which these are addressed. We also strive to follow them. The same platform offers opportunities to appeal if one feels otherwise.

10. As elders we wish Jah Signal well in his life and in his career. We have no desire to see him fail. We have never declined engagement with him. We are currently making efforts to avoid a third strike even after we noticed his channel still has the infringed songs. We are keen to communicate or engage him so that we can together protect his channel from being closed.

We would urge fellow artists and music managers to always guard against copyright infringement, seek and obtain consent, acknowledge copyrights. This will always avoid complications that may arise or wrong perceptions.

12. Though we have been misunderstood by some people, we are hopeful that no one among our blessed youths will ever be sued for cases like these. We shall also undertake to do some teachings on related subjects. Musicians are alsoencouraged to attend music workshops so that they can exchange knowledge with others.

13. We have not been cruel to Jah Signal. We have actually been victims to copyright infringement. As mentioned, we are working to avoid another pending strike which may cause his channel to be deleted.

14. We are sincerely sorry to those who don’t understand the copyright law, we are trusting that they will grasp the concepts in the future. Be that as it may we pray for success for Jah Signal and in his career. We love him wholeheartedly. May God bless us all.

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