The Macedonian Tendency: Borat: This Is No Joke!

Monday, April 02, 2007

Borat: This Is No Joke!

This is an old article from last December about Esma's problems with Borat. I don't know if she has solved her problems with him yet.

Esma Vs. Borat:
MK speaks EN:
December 08, 2006

Macedonian Roma singer Esma Redžepova is going to file a lawsuit for the producers of Sacha Baron Cohen's Borat movie.

Redžepova's song Chaje shukarije is used at the begining of the movie, without any legal right or approve from the author.

Esma Redžepova claims that she was never consulted before the song was included in this movie. The question now is who holds the rights to the track?

In the statement for Macedonian daily newspaper Dnevnik, her son, and front man of her Orchestra, Simeon Atanasov, says that they have started the legal procedure but still they are not sure how much money they will ask. The rumors are mentioning the amount of 100.000 Euros.

"I am still negotiating with my managers, but I expect a lawsuit to start any day now. We are also discussing the amount," said Naat Veliov, leader of Kocani Orkestar, the author of the music and text of the song "Siki siki baba," also featured on the Borat movie soundtrack.

Sources: Dnevnik (Macedonia) Vecernji List (Croatia)

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