AUDIO: Did Sarkodie endorse President Akufo-Addo? [LISTEN]
Multiple award-winning rapper Sarkodie set tongues wagging yesterday on social media with the lyrics of his new song titled “Happy Day”.
In the song which features Lynx Entertainment signee, Kuami Eugene, the rapper makes reference to songs in his discography which have touched on political issues such as inflation and the energy crisis.
However, the controversial part of the song is contained in his second verse of the song where he says he is grateful that the energy crisis is gone and his children get to attend school without paying fees. The BET award-winner closes out the verse by saying Nana Toaso (translated as Nana Continue), a phrase which has been associated with the re-election bid of President Akufo-Addo.
At the end of the song, while Kuami Eugene croons, the rapper repeats “The battle is still the Lord’s”, another phrase which has been used by the New Patriotic Party and President Akufo-Addo.
It will be recalled that in 2014, Sarkodie (real name Michael Owusu Addo) took aim at President John Dramani Mahama and the then governing National Democratic Congress over the state of the Ghanaian economy in a song titled Inflation. He followed it up with another song titled; Dumsor about a power crisis (Dumsor) in the country in 2015.
In the song titled; Inflation, the multi-award winner lamented the erratic power supply in the country, the continuous depreciation of the Ghanaian Cedi, and increased rate of corruption within the government.
He also condemned Ghanaian politicians for presiding over the delay in payment of salaries and only performing during an election period. Sarkodie said Ghanaians are gradually losing trust in leaders.
The rapper also appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to walk in the shoes of the ordinary Ghanaian to help him address the many challenges they are experiencing.
However, in a series of tweets in April 2019, the rapper said he had not released a song since the New Patriotic Party assumed office in 2016 because he had found a better way to channel his grievances about the economy as it was frustrating repeating the same things.
He also stated that he had decided to shun political parties because they change as soon as they win power.
He tweeted: “Reason I don’t follow our political parties: I think as soon as they get in power, they change! Personal gains become the order of the day … No one is ready to sacrifice long term for the people and it’s Sad.
“People keep asking? Sark why you not talking about the economy? You are NPP right … No!!! I’m not but sometimes it gets frustrating repeating same things you say but I have a better route to go about it … and plus those songs came to me I didn’t force them”.
Listen to the controversial verse below and be the judge;