Drill hit ‘Geri Inengi’ by Wakadinali would have cost film producer Abel Mutua Ksh 450,000 had it been used in his new movie “Click Click Bang”.
Speaking in an interview, Mutua, who is currently riding high following the success of the movie, revealed that Wakadinali’s management wanted the amount for the viral song to be used as a soundtrack.
“Of the most expensive element in film production is music. Let me tell you there is nothing more expensive,” he said.
“The moment you watch a movie in Hollywood and hear a song you know, believe me, money has been poured. You might find that in the total budget of 100million dollars, half of that has gone to securing music rights. It’s super expensive.”
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He went on:
“I called Wakadinali, coz I wanted their song for Click Click Bang. They have a massive banger ‘Geri Inengi’ but Wakadinali are under management,” he explained.
“The thing with management lazima they follow rules. So they did the math and found for us to get 30 seconds of ‘Geri Inengi’ for our film, would have cost us not less than 450k.
“It is actually true it cost that much to have a 30-second clip on my film. So imagine Hollywood which uses almost 10 popular songs.”
So how did Mutua tackle this?
“Luckily Khaligraph came and told us we could use his work. I have seen what you guys are working on and where I can offer my support is with my music. Do you know he gave us his entire music catalogue and this guy has close to 500 songs?” Mutua said.
Other artists who offered their catalogue for free include Sauti Sol and Hart the Band.