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Cooper Cooper: ‘Our breakup at TNC was all about the money’

Although he acknowledges that TNC has played a pivotal role in his current achievements in the music industry, Cooper Cooper claimed that he has not been earning a penny.

By Beverline Timanoi 

Gospel singer Olomunyak Koina, 24, alias Cooper Cooper has come out to explain the intrigues that saw him part ways with award-winning Lekishon Kamwaro, alias Ljay Maasai.

The rising singer, who hails from Ilpopongi in Narok County, joined the famous Team Ndawuo Classic (TNC) — a music label owned by Ljay Maasai — in 2017 on a four-year contract.

He, however, called it quits mid this year for what he alleged was “dishonesty on the part of Ljay Maasai”.

Although he acknowledges that TNC has played a pivotal role in his current achievements in the music industry, Cooper Cooper claimed that he has not been earning a penny, despite his music receiving royalty payments.

“As an artist, I am entitled to royalties but I have not been paid over the past three years I have been in TNC.”

He blames this on Ljay Maasai, who he said has been “unscrupulously taking all the money, leaving nothing to the rest of us in the team.

“The three years in TNC has been a learning experience. I have been patient through thick and thin… It hasn’t been easy but all in all, I want to sincerely thank Ljay Maasai for helping me grow musically,” said Cooper Cooper.

He said he could have extended his contract were it not for the “dishonesty” of the team leader. “I decided to move out so that I can grow on a personal level and also as an artiste. I think it will also create room for LJay to get another artiste to groom.”

Efforts by Kajiado County News to get a comment from Ljay Maasai were not successful as he repeatedly claimed to be ”busy for an interview.”

Cooper Cooper came into the limelight in 2016 after his collabo with Kush Tracey and Ljay Maasai, with the song Wolova. He has recently released a new jam, dubbed “Honorable”, that is currently trending and has seen him have a great media tour in major media houses.

Under the management of Ljay Maasai and TNC, Cooper Cooper has grown into a great dancehall gospel artist, which saw him get nominated for Extreme Awards New Artist (2018) and Nairobi Awards Male Artist the same year.

Cooper started his music career in 2016 with his original version of his song “Bado Bado”. In 2017, he was signed by Ljay Maasai at his TNC record label. where they released a remix of the all-time hit Bado Bado.

The talented raga artist fuses English and Kiswahili with his Maasai dialect in his music, giving great hits such as “Bamchikicha” and “Awesome God”. Cooper’s lyrical genius was shown in the TNC family hit song “Biggy Biggy”, a feat achieved together with Ljay Maasai, PDot, Caro Soms, and Tim Mastermind.

The song was done by all artists at TNC. He shall be releasing some solo projects as well as great collabos with new and established artists. He is definitely a star on the rise!

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