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Friday, 15 November, 2002, 18:41 GMT
Battle to be reggae's Mr Cool
Reggae rivalry
Sierra Leone singers battle it out to be the Daddy
In Sierra Leone two reggae musicians are fighting over a name.

Both claim to be the definitive Daddi Cool - or Daddy Cool - and neither is prepared to change their name.

Daddi Cool, who is a native of Sierra Leone, has been singing under the stage name since the early 1990s and in 1998 released a locally successful album of the same name.

Daddi Cool
Daddi Cool: Rages against skin bleaching
"I am free to call myself whatever I want," he told BBC World Service's Artbeat programme.

"I am Daddi Cool of Africa, an original reggae singer of Africa."

His song Waloo, which protests against black people bleaching their skin, has become a popular local hit.

"Waloo means stop," he explained.

"The way I see our sisters in Africa trying to destroy their bodies, I work on this so that they will stop using these creams."

The former soldier is angered by allegations that he has stolen the name and he told Artbeat he has a right to perform under the title - despite rival Daddy Cool claiming it too.

"I think the other guy plays his own music, but I don't care about that," he said.

"I have made a tour over on the west coast and people know me by this name. I think he should change his name; he should be called Daddy Hot!"

Unhappy rival

Daddy Cool
Daddy Cool: Rages against Daddi Cool
But the other Daddy Cool - with a "y" - is not impressed.

He told the programme about his outrage upon hearing about his rival Mr Cool.

"They used to call this other guy, Disco Daddy or the Monkey," he said.

"A long time ago he even used to imitate Michael Jackson so I was surprised when I heard he was calling himself Daddi Cool."

Like his rival, he fled to Guinea during the Sierra Leone civil war.

There, he confronted Daddi Cool - with an "i", who refused to relinquish the title.

So, he told Artbeat, he decided to promote himself - and his name - by staging performances "He sent people to attack me," he claimed, "and they stopped my show."

He added: "I am the original Daddy Cool and you cannot have two musicians carrying the same name."

But Daddi Cool - with an "i" - is sure that in the end the music will prevail.

"It is the quality of the music that matters," he said.

"The one with the most powerful music will earn the name."

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