Ahmad Dhani: I Forbid Once from Singing Dewa 19’s Song

Jakarta, CNN Indonesia —

Ahmad Dhani banned Once from singing Dewa 19 songs. The ban was announced for the smooth running of the Dewa band’s tour plans which are currently and will last until after Eid.

“I announced that I specifically banned, I banned Once from singing Dewa 19 songs since I said it in the media today,” said Ahmad Dhani in Pluit, Jakarta Tuesday (28/3).

“I forbid Once Mekel from singing Dewa 19,” Ahmad Dhani emphasized, as reported by detikcom, Wednesday (29/3).



Ahmad Dhani then explained the reasons behind the ban on Once singing Dewa 19 songs.

“Because Dewa is currently on a tour after Eid every two weeks. So there shouldn’t be other concerts that interrupt the tour,” said Ahmad Dhani.

Dhani then insisted that the ban only applies to the songs he created for Dewa 19. The songs created for TRIAD and Ahmad Band are said to be sung once when performing.

“Ahmad Dhani’s other songs are allowed, specifically Dewa’s songs. My songs in TRIAD, my songs in Ahmad Band, Reza Artamevia’s are allowed, specifically Dewa’s (which is not allowed),” said Ahmad Dhani.

“So remember, Once can’t perform Dewa 19’s songs, if you sing my other songs, you can,” Dhani insisted.

This statement came about a month in the midst of bustling news about the ban on singing the song Dewa 19 by Once and royalties.

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At that time, Dhani said that the issue of royalties and permission to perform the song Dewa 19 was the domain of the event organizer, not Once. Thus, the Dewa 19 employee emphasized that he had no problems with Once regarding the permission to perform the song created by Ahmad Dhani.

He also emphasized that the obligation to pay royalties is not the responsibility of the soloist. This was conveyed after knowing that Once was looking for a middle ground regarding royalties for singing the song Dewa 19.

“That is not the realm of Once, that is the realm of the EO (Event Organizer). Once does not have the authority to pay royalties, the EO has to pay,” said Ahmad Dhani to CNNIndonesia.com, Wednesday (22/2) evening.

“So Once there is no need to think about a midpoint, because there is no midpoint,” continued Ahmad Dhani.

Until now, Dhani has strictly prohibited Once from singing Dewa 19 songs because the band is currently on tour and will be touring for some time to come.


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