The Bristol artist has called on the BBC DJ to donate future profits to refugee organisation UNHCR.
Massive Attack cofounder Robert Del Naja, AKA 3D, has slammed Pete Tong for covering the band's 1991 track "Unfinished Sympathy" without permission.
The song was performed recently as part of Tong's Ibiza Classics show, which features orchestral renditions of famous dance hits. "Thanks for covering one of our songs on your nostalgia nightmare roadshow," said Del Naja yesterday via Facebook. "I don't recollect you getting in touch to see if we would mind." He goes on to demand that the BBC DJ donate a portion of future profits to UNHCR, the global refugee organisation strongly advocated by Massive Attack.
"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," said Del Naja. "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."
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Watch the Ibiza Classics rendition of "Unfinished Sympathy," performed earlier this week in Glasgow.