(CP-Africa) – We just spotted a piece on the BBC which we think is absolutely timely given the recent trend of Nigeria’s popular musicians doing campaign jingles for Nigerian politicians. Afrobeat singer, Seun Kuti speaks up against this rising trend. Here are excerpts from the BBC’s piece on this topic as well as his commentary…
As Nigeria’s election jamboree returns – with candidates splashing money on billboards, TV commercials and rallies – it is the willingness of musicians to be mobilised in their support that is causing some singers to wince.
Some of the country’s best-loved artists – D’banj, Onynka Onwenu, Zaaki Azzay, 2Shots – are all singing their support for President Goodluck Jonathan.
But not everyone is dancing.
Afrobeat singer Seun Kuti is disgusted.
“Traitor,” he says, angrily.
“Anybody using their music to support Nigerian politicians is a traitor – first to music, and secondly to the country.”
“Music is one of the foremost weapons that is supposed to emancipate this continent,” says Kuti. “When I now see it being used for oppression, used against the people, it is totally wrong.”
Watch Nigerian artiste, 2shot’s video in support of President Goodluck Jonathan below:
Watch other Nigerian musicians support President Goodluck Jonathan on Nigerian Curiosity here
The last time artists were mobilised like this, in mass support of politicians, was over 10 years ago.
General Sani Abacha’s “two million man march” featured entertainers and comedians who were paid for their endorsement.
Read the full BBC article here
What are your thoughts on Seun Kuti’s outburst? Are his points valid?
Images via the BBC, the Shrine Uprise