God the creator of this universe used six days to create the whole world and rested on the seventh day to the admiration of all both Christians and atheists alike. May be the latest to go into the Guinness book of records is Blakk Rasta`s exploit where he used just two days to compose a song in response to Otumfuo`s statement of kidnapping the chief of Tuobodom in the Brong Ahafo region.
Many are the diverse opinions which have been shared on this issue when it came out first in the media circles. Being a poet and songwriter as he is famous for, he has added his voice strongly on the on going issue in a musical track he calls “Tuobodom Crisis”. This track was recorded by Zapp Mallet and it features high life artiste, Nana Yaw.
The first air play of this song was on Monday and the response as we gathered has been massive. This pushed the ever probing Flex newspaper to catch words from the mouth of the composer who is known for his fire branded lyrics. Meanwhile, it can be recalled that Blakk Rasta had recieved some threats from Kumasi when he released “Cocaine in the Palace”. He defied all odds and performed on a GMA concert in Kumasi where he enjoyed a huge support. Can this one worsen his plight from being a loved one for fans in Kumasi?
In this song recorded in a pure reggae rhythm, Blakk Rasta begins with a look alike voice performed by Nana Yaw which happens to be the exact words spoken by Otumfuo Osei Tutu, the king of Ashanti. In a telephone interview with the Taxi Driver host, he revealed that he does not see why Ghanaians are treating some people as God`s in this country. So we asked him, where did you get the inspiration for this song? “The motivation came just on the day I heard that statement from Otumfuo and I think we should have made him apologize to that. Kidnapping somebody in Ghana is an offence so I don't understand why we should keep quite on this. I realized radio discussions alone could not send the information to the people very well so I decided to put it into music where everybody can listen for the message in it” this was his motivation for the “Tuobodom Crisis.”
“Blakk don't you think people will think you are replying Otumfuo in this song” Flex asked again. “Oh yes, it`s a reply to what he said. Otumfuo made a mistake and he should be encouraged to apologize. In Ghana, the president is the highest office since we don't have empires again. The Dagomba Empire and the Ashanti Empires are no more so we should not treat their leaders as Demi-Gods.
Somebody could have done something evil to the chief of Tuobodom and it would have been directed at Otumfuo. He was the mediator in the Abudu and the Andani`s, therefore when he says this, what should we tell them. The man who is mediating is now calling for war. Does it auger well”, he asked.
The song which was written last Friday night and recorded the Saturday night is in high demand just after the first time air play. In a related saga, one song which has been making much noise on radio is his single “Chofonto” which talks about high grade and low grade weed (Ganja). There is a section of the public who have the opinion that the song is aimed at propagating the use of Ganja so we used the single stone to kill two birds. With that, he had this to say.
“Low grade in life is not something that can make you feel comfortable. Actually, it's the local name used in Takoradi which refers to bad weed. The high grade is the best one which makes one feel good in life so I want to use this song to tell Ghanaians that we should aim high in everything we do. I am a writer so I just played around with words in the song” he told this writer. Yet to listen to this song? Then tune in to Hitz 103.7 FM every week day from 10am-2pm to savour the sweet melodious song from the camp of Blakk and Tuff record label. The drama unfolds so keep your eyes on the road as we await response from any quarter which is likely to respond to this reply.
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