The music platform, co-founded by A.R Rahman, has come beneath criticism for sidelining Tamil rapper Arivu after the success of ‘Enjoy Enjaami,’ and never batting to advertise him on a latest journal cowl

Music platform maajja denied sidelining Tamil rapper Arivu from the success of ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ and ‘Neeye Oli’, the songs that he wrote and maajja produced. Composer AR Rahman is a co-founder of the music platform.

The again story

Enjoy Enjaami, sung and carried out by Arivu and Dhee, premiered this March and have become a sensational hit. It has over 320 million views (and counting) on Youtube. The tune, albeit catchy, isn’t merely a dance quantity; its lyrics speak in regards to the oppression of a Tamil group — of which Valliamal, Arivu’s grandmother, was an element — in Ceylon through the Colonial period. This can be the rationale why some individuals complained in regards to the music video’s cowl that includes Dhee seated on a throne, with Arivu standing beside her.

When French music producer DJ Snake remixed the tune in June, it was marketed on the enduring Times Square billboard with images of him and Dhee. There have been objections on social media over Arivu’s exclusion (although his identify was talked about).

An image of Times Square billboard selling the ‘Enjoy Enjaami’ remix

A recent spherical of criticism started when the India version of Rolling Stone printed their August problem cowl with images of Dhee and Shan Vincent de Paul. The latter wrote the English lyrics in Neeye Oli — the theme tune of Pa Ranjith’s movie Sarpatta Parambarai —and sung and carried out it with Toronto-based Tamil singer Navz-47. The cowl learn: “How the international Tamil artists are blurring local and music boundaries via record label and platform maajja.”

The cowl story mentions and quotes Arivu. But individuals on social media, together with outstanding personalities like Pa. Ranjith and vocalist and activist TM Krishna, complained that he hasn’t acquired due credit score. Ranjith, in his tweet, referred to as out maajja and Rolling Stone.

Vincent de Paul, on Thursday, responded to Ranjith’s tweet through a observe on social media. “My biggest issue is Ranjith’s tweet and the vitriolic responses it has generated. In his righteous demand for representation for his community, he irresponsibly fueled the fire of divide amongst Tamil Artists,” he wrote.

Maajja responds

Now, Noel Kirthiraj, the CEO and a co-founder of maajja, lately responded to the criticism through a media interplay. Excerpts from a dialog:

On the Rolling Stone India cowl:

The August version cowl of ‘Rolling Stone India’

We have been approached by Rolling Stone India for a narrative on maajja and artists who’re Tamil but worldwide; it wasn’t nearly Enjoy Enjaami and Neeye Oli. They needed to get inputs from completely different artists. They gave us questions, requested us for his or her photos and so forth.

Shan Vincent de Paul, Dhee, ARR (Rahman), SaNa (composer Santhosh Narayanan), Arivu, and Navz-47; these have been the six artists they have been incorporating into their story. So, what you see is only the start of a rollout. I feel by the top of this month, we should always see the remainder of it unfold.

On how Enjoy Enjaami was conceived:

When maajja began, we needed 25 to 30 impartial artists, together with Arivu and Dhee, to do songs for us. Arivu did a tune for us, which we’re but to launch. But Enjoy Enjaami began as a Dhee tune… Arivu is featured in it. Now, ‘featured’ doesn’t imply you’re going to play a smaller function; it simply means a lead artist initiates the challenge they usually deliver on others to work with them. Dhee instructed it could be superior to have Arivu on board, as she was a giant fan of his work. He was initially hesitant as a result of he was in the midst of different initiatives. But we inspired him as a result of we felt his mixture with Dhee could be good.

On the Enjoy Enjaami remix by DJ Snake:

Three of them — Arivu, Dhee, and Santhosh Narayanan (who’s the producer of ‘Enjoy Enjaami’) — personal the rights to the tune. DJ Snake didn’t work with the unique artists (for the remix by Spotify). He did what is smart for him and his viewers. That’s how remixes work.

On Arivu’s exclusion from the Times Square billboard characteristic:

That was only a inventive determination [to have DJ Snake and Dhee’s photos on the billboard]. Arivu and Santhosh Narayanan’s photos weren’t there, however their names have been talked about. We made certain they have been duly credited all over the place. It’s the primary time an impartial Tamil tune has been featured on the billboard. The benefactors on this case are Arivu, Dhee, Santhosh Narayanan, and everybody concerned within the impartial music scene.

On Arivu’s cost controversy:

It wouldn’t be honest to speak in regards to the specifics of our offers. But the aim of maajja is to handle some basic challenges we see within the trade, one in every of which is whether or not artists are compensated pretty for his or her mental property. We need artists to personal the rights and have full inventive management. We don’t pay any artists. We are in opposition to the ‘work for hire’ mannequin for an impartial artist.

What we ask the artists is to construct their catalogue, put content material, and personal their catalogue. So, when one in every of their songs turns into successful, it’ll raise their total catalogue.


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