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The verses in their song, Ndadutsa Pompo Girls Remix, are arranged in careful fashion: Danish does the first verse; Kwin Bee joins the second; Enweezy does the third verse; Ewe takes centre-stage in the fourth verse; and Fortune does the chorus, a recurring verse in the song. It is the epitome of unity.

But, barely two months after producing their music video on November 27 2016 and releasing it in December the same year, divisions have rocked the girls’ camp, with reports indicating that some of them are not talking to each other.

It turns out that, instead of waging a verbal war against their male counterparts— who the persona in the song Ndadutsa Pompo Girls Remix accuses of looking down upon girls, and treating girls as beings who live at the mercy of males— the girls are throwing darts at each other.

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Two of the artists, Enweezy and Fortune, confirmed on Monday that things have fallen apart among them, accusing Kwin Bee of being the rabble-rouser.

“Kwin Bee has been granting interviews to the media in her own company, instead of inviting all of us. For your information, the song was done by the five of us, and no one individual can claim that she owns it. But this is not what has been happening,” Fortune said.

Fortune was not alone in feeling hard done by, with Enweezy chipping in:

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“Kwin Bee has been granting interviews, in which she has claimed that she composed the song. This is betrayal of our trust because we all have a stake in the song. The truth is that I hatched the idea, phoned the girls and paid for the studio session.

”Of course, all of us later contributed something [in terms of cash], but some contributed more money than others. And, after all that, it is unheard of for one artist to claim ownership of the song.”

The two artists said, feeling betrayed, they no longer speak to Kwin Bee.

“In fact, she (Kwin Bee) feels that she is no longer a part of us because she is the one who started ignoring us. So, we want to tell people that that song does not belong to one person,” Fortune said.

However, Kwin Bee denied claiming all the glory in a separate interview on Tuesday, saying “I am surprised with the girls’ behaviour”.

She said it is not true that she is riding on the back of the song to put herself in the spotlight.

“I have heard about that [the other artists claiming that Kwin Bee is granting media interviews alone], but the truth is that I am a solo artist first and I am invited [to media stations] in my own capacity as a solo artist. I have never claimed that I own the song and I am surprised that the artists I worked with are saying that.

“Actually, I was in Nkhata Bay when the song was released and, to my surprise— and probably because I am more known than the other girls— media houses and people started mentioning my name every time they played the song. Again, when I grant interviews as a solo artist, I am often asked a question about the song, which is only natural. But I talk about myself and there is no way I can bring others along when interviewers make it clear that they want to interview me as a solo artist,” Kwin Bee said.

Meanwhile, Kwin Bee has maintained that she would continue collaborating with other female artists, saying the latest development will not take her aback.

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