Khago & His Wife Says Flava McGregor Tried To Destroy Them, Responds To Skatta Burrell

Khago and his wife opens up about their recent legal victory and revealed other dancehall artists have approached them about possible lawsuits to recoup lost earnings.

Ever since his big win in the United States against Kemar “Flava” McGregor, “Nah Sell Out Mi Fren” deejay Khago has enjoyed the media spotlight. Just recently, he issued a warning to a handful of Jamaican music producers that he has worked with in the past, from whom he will also be seeking legal redress for unpaid royalties, among other discrepancies.

Ari and Naro of The Fix recently sat down with Khago and his wife, Francine Gayle. During the interview, both Khago and Francine spoke in detail about the recent $763,000 lawsuit Khago won. The entertainer’s wife played a pivotal role in the countersuit that ultimately leads to one of the biggest legal victories in dancehall history.

Francine revealed that the lawsuit was filed after they tried to recoup royalties owed to Khago. She explained that “All of a sudden albums were publish and is mine.” She continues, “Cant be fi yuh, yuh nuh write no song yuh nuh sing no song. He is the artiste him a di song writer and you claimed all of a sudden now yuh a di producer.” She explained that following the lawsuit filed, they went on a “smear campaign” against Khago.

The lawsuit that Kemar “Flava” McGregor filed was against Khago, his wife Francine Gayle, and their newly formed company Longingobo Music. In explaining what happened, Francine said they were initially “blindsided,” but they decided to defend it and do a countersuit. She noted that others have been known to try to pin certain acts on the artists when they want to bring them down and try to implicate them.

“The biggest thing that they do is create a smear campaign an seh who is a rapist… who is this, an who is molester a di biggest thing fi jus bring down di artiste, send dem go a jail so a your time,” she said. She went on to say Kemar posted things on IG, and Khago then followed suit. This is where the defamation part of the lawsuit came about.

Interestingly, during the interview, Khago revealed that he did not even really know McGregor personally as when he had voiced back then all dealings were done through his manager Banky. He said, “I can remember Banky bring mi go a one studio fi go voice fi somebody and years turning out it become one a mi biggest song, an just getting fi meet him other day mi find out seh, a dah bwoy yah did teef mi big song from eleven years ago same way man.”

Khago said that song was “Love Stomach.” He revealed that from age 12, he has been moving from place to place as he never had anywhere to live. While he heard about McGregor as he was a big name, he never got a chance to meet him. At that time, he was singing back up for another artiste I-Octane. However, Khago said that despite requesting to meet him, he was never given a chance.

In what proved to be a very revealing interview, Francine said while she was trained in leadership, she had to do a lot of reading so she would be able to understand the terminology the lawyers would be coming. According to Francine, McGregor created a catalog of all Khago’s songs and copyrighted them as his.

Francine revealed that Flava McGregor was the one that reached out to Khago saying, “mi si yuh a talk bout yuh music dem Yuh nuh. People exploit yuh music ova di years mi know seh mi a one of the persons who have done yuh wrong but mi deh a merica now an mi know how di ting guh ova here and I’m going to help you to get your royalties.”

However, McGregor would prove to do the opposite of what he had promised. McGregor’s involvement resulted in much of Khago’s music being owned by third parties, thereby cutting him out of the deal. They highlighted VP RECORDS as being one of the musical entities that own his music. Khago revealed that when he fell out of favor with Big A and his former manager Banky, he was basically “outed” on local radio. These two have significant influence over what gets played or not.

Khago got a little personal when he revealed that with all the struggles he had to undergo as a youth from Mandeville, it was not fair for him to be treated poorly by others in the music industry. He says it has severely stressed him out. “Yuh think it easy fi know seh yow yuh sing the biggest song dem bredda and eight years no producer nuh look pon yuh.” He named Frass and Seannizzle “wicked.” He explained that whenever producers find an artist who has made it big, those same producers try to “shelve” said artists in a bid to silence them. Since Khago’s case became public, he says other artists have reached out to him to see how they, too, can get their property sorted out.

The two revealed quite a few of the nuances in the music industry. Khago said his current releases were being flagged, and as such, it would seem he was not producing music. In February, a South Florida court awarded Khago and his management team US $763,000 in damages after winning his countersuit against Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor, the principal of Streaminn Hub Inc.

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Dancehall Artist Khago Awarded $763K In Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Lawsuit

Khago has won a major lawsuit against his former producer as the artiste has been awarded U$800,000 in damages against Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor.

The damages claimed were part of a countersuit against McGregor, who is the principal of Streaminn Hub Inc, in a South Florida court presided by district judge Jose E Martinez last month.

The wife and manager of the artiste, Francine Gayle, has confirmed Khago’s win and says they are happy and relieved that the case is now over. “Khago is very happy for the fact that out of all that has happened; we have gotten the final judgment. It’s been a long time’ we have waited for how long it took. Finally, the victory is here. To God be the glory, great things he hath done,” she said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor and his lawyer failed to attend the final hearing, but the judgment was handed down in spite of their absence. The judgment also included an order by the court that McGregor was to cease marketing of Khago’s music, and using his likeness, images on any platform in addition to the damages.

The breakdown of the damages includes U$300,000 in statutory damages for copyright infringement, US$99,568.59 for compensatory damages for tortious interference with business relationships, and US$ 65,352.00 in reasonable expenses and attorney’s fees, which all rounded off to US$763,626.36.

The lawsuit stemmed from a dispute between Khago and McGregor, whose business was hired to recoup royalties for Khago in the United States. McGregor eventually took Khago to court for fraud, breach of contract, defamation of character, and copyright infringement in 2018. The two fell out over Khago’s albums “Spirit, Walk a Mile and Dancehall Soca.”

McGregor’s claim was thrown out in 2020, and Khago then filed a countersuit. Gayle said that the lawsuit brings to the fore the need for artists to know the business of music not only from their performance side but earning passive income from their talent.

“Apart from enjoying the benefits of an artiste, know the business or find a reputable person or entity that can advise you. Music in Jamaica is not done in a professional way. People jus’ guh inna a studio and guh drop a track. They don’t know about their splits; about registering for royalties or copyright; about publishing. Basically, you just voice and walk away. Yet, your music is selling on all the platforms and you don’t even know how you’re going to get your money — How much per cent belongs to you and how much per cent supposed to go to the producer. You have to know the business and you have to know this. This is something he [Khago] learned, this is not a hobby. It’s a career.”

Meanwhile, the artist is set to open a studio in Manchester, Jamaica, in late March. He shot to fame after joining the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s independence contest, where he placed third for his song “If You Know.”

His hits include “Nah Sell Out,” which led to him snatching various local and overseas awards.