Massive Attack on DJ Pete Tong over use of Unfinished Symphony on tour

English DJ Pete Tong performs in the Village during the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) - GM1E99M0OMW01


DJ Pete Tong is under fire from Massive Attack for using one of their songs in his latest album without permission.

A version of their 1991 hit Unfinished Sympathy features on Tong’s Ibiza Classics album, which was released earlier this year and is the subject of his ongoing UK tour.

The Brit Award-winning band have asked the DJ to donate proceeds from his shows to a refugee charity that they support as a form of compensation for using the track.

Robert Del Naja – one of the group’s founding members – posted on the official Massive Attack Facebook page: “Dear Pete Tong. Thanks for covering one of our songs on your nostalgia nightmare roadshow.

“I don’t recollect you getting in touch to see if we would mind, but for your information: when we play that song we display photos of displaced people in refugee camps by the photographer Giles Duley on the screen to raise awareness for their plight and collect money for UNHCR.

“If you do mean to carry on coining it, why don’t you divide your nightly profit by the number of songs you murder in your set, and hand the total of that one song over to UNHCR. It would be the least you could do.”

The trip-hop act teamed up with Duley in 2016 to work with UNHCR – the UN Refugee Agency – to highlight and raise awareness of the refugee crisis.

A representative for Tong has been contacted for comment.

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