Having had his name since birth, dancer Sadiki, said it came as a complete surprise when he recently received a letter from another man who claimed that he should stop using the name because he had copyrighted it.
The dancer, whose real name is Sadiki Noel Blackwood, says the letter came from US-based songwriter producer/singer, Henry Buckley Jr., who also goes by the stage name 'Sadiki'.
In the letter that was sent to the dancer's producer, Imperial Bash, Buckley said: "This will be my only correspondence to you and your company regarding the use of the name 'SADIKI' in recordings etc. Please note that the name 'SADIKI' is protected under trademark laws in the United States. I am kindly requesting that you cease from using the name 'SADIKI' in recording as it is a violation of the rights we have secured to use the name in commerce."
He continued, "this will also be posted on your Facebook page so as to make it public knowledge that you have been advised of the Trademark Protection surrounding the use of the name 'SADIKI'."
When received, the dancer said the letter came as a shock because he has had the name since birth.
"Him a seh him name Sadiki and mi must stop use the name Sadiki. Mi name Sadiki Noel Blackwood but mi not even use the name Sadiki so much anymore, a Snowman a mi stage name," he told THE WEEKEND STAR, noting that he started using the name Snowman after collaborating with Assassin on Money Machine.
"Mi waan dis bredda man ya leave mi name. Mi deh ya a dance from inna di 90s and everybody know mi a Sadiki. How mi fi thief people name? I don't know him. I never see this bredda ya inna mi life. Tell dis bredda leave mi name alone 'cause I am not a bredda fi him ramp wid."
Meanwhile, Sadiki says he has new releases like Haffi Mek Di Money and Splice with Shaka Pow that fans can look out for.