Mumbai-based composer Joseph Mendoza has been accused of copying one in every of Singapore’s most iconic National Day songs, “Count On Me Singapore”. “Count on Me Singapore” was composed by Canadian Hugh Harrison, organized by Jeremy Monteiro and carried out by Clement Chow, each Singaporeans, in 1986. The Straits Times reported on Thursday that Mendonza has claimed that he wrote his model “We Can Achieve”, in 1983.
He additionally mentioned that he solely came upon about “Count On Me Singapore” just a few days in the past. The two songs are nearly similar, aside from small modifications to the lyrics the place “Singapore” was modified to “India” or “Mother India”, in response to the Singapore day by day report.
In a press release to the media on Tuesday, Mendoza claimed that 250 orphans had carried out the song in 1983 after he had written it whereas instructing music on the Bal Bhavan orphanage in Mumbai, the place he’s based mostly.
He additionally claimed that the unique tapes of his composition had been swept away in the 2005 Mumbai floods.
“The only living proof I can offer you are the 250 orphans who first learnt it in 1983 and all the orphans at Bal Bhavan in the successive years too,” mentioned the 58-year-old, who claimed he was a graduate of the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California.
He offered the rights to the song to a Christian ebook and file retailer, Pauline India, and recorded the song in 1999.
Although Mendonza acknowledged similarities between the 2 songs, he insisted that there was no method he might have recognized about “Count On Me Singapore” as there was no Internet in these days.
“Count on Me Singapore” composer Harrison responded on Wednesday in the YouTube feedback of the song: “The indisputable fact that he (Mendoza) is claiming now in 2021 that he’s the unique creator of the song, implying I copied the song from him, is a direct assault on my integrity and professionalism and for that he may very well be sued for slander and/or libel.
“As it stands now, I have written him and given him the opportunity to rescind his claim and am awaiting his response,” The Straits Times quoted Harrison as saying.
The Facebook web page of Singapore’s Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth (MCCY) has additionally weighed in: “This is one in every of our most beloved and recognised national songs, we’re pleased that it appears to have struck a chord with individuals in India as nicely.
“We thank Singaporeans for coming forward to express your sense of pride in our national song. It may be a copy of our song, but sometimes, imitation is the best form of flattery,” the Ministry mentioned.