RAP MUSIC USED AS A VEHICLE FOR PROTEST IN GHANA; ‘WONNA MAMA’ BY KWAME WRITE AND ‘CHALEY WE DEY’ BY C-REAL, BOTH FEATURING WANLOV KUBOLOR

ONE FOR WONNA MAMA

Amidst the flooding in the capital, power outages(dumsor), water shortages and riots against demolition of housing without properly planned relocations, Accra has had its fair share of instability and threat to harmony these past few weeks. At the same time we find fuel prices going higher (just last Tuesday, 16th June, 2015, prices surged up by 4%) and the cedis keeps on taking a series of plunges in the face of the US dollar, Euro and Pounds Sterling. Artists who are in touch with their immediate environment, have been creating to illuminate these issues, cautioning the citizens to be aware and keep awake as their country and home is continuously threatened by these conditions and the leaders who do almost nothing to resolve things.

Wonna Mama is a call on all citizens of Ghana and the continent’s (Ghana’s mama’s) inhabitants to push for the best and connect with the aim to solve their own problems, without reliance on the so-called leaders, who have failed massively in terms of regional integration, economic and infrastructural development, etc.

As projected more vividly with Martin Luther King Jr’s quote; “the ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” we as artists seek to portray the state of the nation and explore possible measures to tackle this death-fall.

Since kwame write released Public Verses Announcement EP, enthusiasts have been calling for more, especially as they realized he had the flair for rap aside poetry recitals. It gets realer as kwame write features one of Ghana’s most renowned musicians with a solid sense of social consciousness and activism; the one and only Wanlov Kubolor of the Fokn Bois’ duo. Pidgen English is mainly used in a verses each by the artistes interspersed with sampled vocals from the emphatic politician, international showman and businessman Kofi Wayo. Press play and get sizzled by the fast paced long syllable rhyming and positive content.

CHALEY WE DEY

C-Real brings Wanlov in on this track that just needs to be heard to be understood.
It’s a message to Ghanaians and it’s been a long time coming. Ghana has been facing the same problems for generations now through all its governments and it seems its time the people took a part in bringing in the change. This track is a call to action for all Ghanaians to join hands and make that happen.

Chale We Dey tells the story of a typical Ghanaian mindset and the situation the masses face due to bad management of the state. Check out the duo on one the best and most honest songs of the year.

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Author: Kwame 'Write' Aidoo

Kwame Aidoo, also known as Write is a fond reader, writer and lover of music and the arts, with a degree in Biochemistry from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Tech., Kumasi and a certificate in Cultural Organizations in Transition from University of Lüneburg. He founded the creative activism movement: Inkfluent which curates Slam Ghana, The Write Experience, Vocal Portraits poetry albums, Slam Lab and the biggest literary festival in Ghana; Nkabom Literary Festival. Aside Ghana, where he is based, he has shown work in Brazil, Togo, Austria, France, Benin, Germany and Burkina Faso and most recently Norway with Aurora Ekvatorialis; a light sculpture and texts collaboration with Norwegian artist Toril Johannessen, exhibiting at the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, 16.9.2016 – 15.1.2017.

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