Following legendary rapper Abbas Kubaff’s recent complaints after movie director Jennifer Gatero named her latest movie “Nairoberry”, a word that the rapper coined almost 20 years ago, the director has come out to defend her actions insisting the popular word hasn’t been trademarked.
Abbas went on a series of rants after the movie was announced saying he should have been consulted first. The rapper insisted he coined the phrase which became the title of the 2001 classic album by his now-defunct Hip Hop group K-South.
According to Gatero, however, she saw no need to reach out because the word hasn’t been registered. Regardless, she still credited the rapper in her movie.
“The audacity! I like Abbas, and we credited him in the movie credits. It is a name like any other and it is up for use to anyone, so I do not know why I should not use it,” she told Pulse.
“It has not been trademarked. If it is, they should let me know because when we checked and went through the process, it was not.”
Abbas, who relocated to the UK, put out a post later saying she should have at least contacted him first.
“This is not a bragging post! If you are not the concerned/involved artists on the project pls don’t pick up weird keyboard brushes to paint selfish-oriented narratives of all kinds. Paperwork issues will be handled by the right people respectfully,” he said on social media.
“Just out of courtesy, K South should have been at least informed about what was happening beforehand instead of me finding out 2 days ago via FB, on a ready-made poster. I’m not trollin’ or pocket tappin others’ moneys. This is just a moment of clarity so we can be on the same page out of respect!!🙏🏿 If the filmmakers had put me in the loop I’d probably throw in some ill soundtracks on top of it to add more weight/value to the project in the name of being supportive and backing up my own brand.
“Matter of fact I do support all creatives with brilliant ideas 💡 coz I’m bidniz minded like that.🤷🏿♂️ I will not speculate invisible money talks or argue about the outcome of this scenario here though some 🤡 are making some wild comments out there🤦🏿♂️ The film creators should have 1st checked the temperature, sort logistics and checked some boxes. It’s not that complex!!#RespectTheArt #ksouth #nairoberry Salute!!💯.”
“Nairoberry” is set to premiere on Friday, December 10 after almost two years in the kitchen.
The anticipated film, produced by seasoned director Jennifer Gatero, is set to officially be launched at 8 am at Anga Cinema.
A film about six university students who are on the run after stealing 37 million shillings, friendship and loyalty are put to the test as human greed slowly begins to take over. The movie shows the crime lifestyle youths in Nairobi are being lured into as they strive to achieve their dreams.