Politicians as always will not subscribe to anything not in their favor. Transcending from political ideologies, campaign promises contained in manifestos and currently songs are but a few politicians rage banter about.
And yes songs. They will go after composers whom they deem belong to a supposed opposition or enemy.
They go after songs that do not overt political message and are viewed as subversive by governments and politicians. But rather are conservative values to keep a country in check.
THE AFRICAN POLITICAL SONGS.
Nevertheless, there are great African musicians that have used music to champion the Cultural Revolution to educate our people to hate and reject oppression, domination, discrimination and exploitation.
From Nigerian Fela Ransome Kuti, Peter Gabriel, Bobi Wine, Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Steve Wonder and the late Hugh Masekela are some musicians fighting especially apartheid, corruption and greed using their lyrics.
Lucky Dube, Bob Marley and culture cannot be excluded as a reggae lover.
Until recently, Sarkodie, Falz, Stonebwoy and others are maybe heeding to the call by former president Jerry John Rawlings to use songs in fighting corruption and address national issues.
“Join the fight against corruption and other social ills by using your songs to crusade against them” He said.
“PUTOO” (WICKEDNESS) NOT POLITICAL
It must be noted that not all songs are politically inclined. Some are addressing issues in society ranging from sanitation, hardship, poor roads, unemployment and health.
That is the case of PUTOO after personally repeating it severally on my playlist. There was no mention of any political leader current or former whatsoever.
This is the case of fast rising Hip/Hop, Afrobeat and rap artist TILAKOU.
The Bolgatanga based artist after releasing his much awaited banger PUTOO which features Atongo Zimba have had to endure endless attacks from people from the political divide.
ATTACKS FROM POLITICIANS.
Tilakou finally released the song which is to break, redeem and send a clear message to leaders on the last day of August 2018.
The song which is currently receiving much air-plays in the region. The number one on every playlist and on almost every youth’s music player due to the message it carries.
However, on a different and unfortunate terrain, TILAKOU has been receiving numerous phone calls and text messages threatening him one way or the other.
This he said came as a surprised and shock to him because he never targeted any politician or party but rather leaders across Africa and the globe.
“What do you think you are doing? As a musician you won’t focus on making money you want to attack us (politicians), my brother be careful”
“We will kill you next time you mention our leader’s name in your song”
“Young man what is your aim? To bring down our achievements, I can see our opponents have contacted you to insult us, don’t worry we will deal with you”
“So you couldn’t release this song during the NDC regime, you waited this year just because you want the people to rise against us” An unknown caller asked
He said these are few of the numerous calls and text message he has received from unknown people threatening his existence on earth and his career.
He made these revelations in an interview on a radio station as monitored by Joseph Elorm Alemna Dumolga.
Tilakou is currently on a radio tour throwing more light on the song amidst threats.
The video he said will be out in no time, he urged his fans to expect the best when it comes to video quality, graphics, personnel and location.
Atongo Zimba he disclosed has gladly accepted the video arrangements and will be featured.
BY;JOSEPH ELORM ALEMNA DUMOLGA