Ghana Music: Leave A-Plus Alone!

Until the Ghanaian born music star, A-Plus started releasing political songs as another means of focusing attention on problems some politicians are creating in this country, no musician in the country had thought that such songs could be lucrative, gain popularity and educate the populace of their rights.

This initiative by all standards could simply be described as first of its kind in the Ghanaian music and entertainment industry, because although many Ghanaians are aware of their constitutional right of freedom of speech, they cannot exercise this right openly, probably because of fear or favour of one politician or another.

No doubt, every Ghanaian could mention one problem or the other caused by a politician, but they remain silent for the reason that today politicians in this part of the world are seen more powerful than those who entrusted the power into their hands.

In his recent new single, A-Plus recommends Nana Akuffo-Addo as the best New Patriotic Party (NPP) aspirant to lead the party in the next Presidential election amongst the then 17 aspirants.

But others have suggested that A-Plus could have gone ahead and raved about his unflinching support for Nana Addo without making the attempt to denigrate some other aspirants with his faux pas.

According to one article writer, his political songs do not sell, they do not sit on top of the regular music charts and event organisers do not call on him to perform on their bills.

By the writer`s estimation radio presenters play it regularly, pass comments about it and it ends there, saying that `If you are a musician, your music don`t get patronage (sales), your songs don`t feature on the charts and you don`t get gigs to perform on, then desperation and anxiety would compel you to make that kind of music that can get you the money.`

Although A-Plus is trying that assertion out with his new single, to him people should repudiate and brush it off when they hear him in his typical braggadocio that he has never met Nana Addo before or after the making of the song.

Of course, comments by the writer were in accordance with constitutional rights to freedom of speech but could be deadly when the intention was to kill the initiative of the young musician.

Despite this laudable initiative by the young star to exercise his freedom of speech as in the 1992 Constitution, some Ghanaians, in the Ghanaian typical style, are going to all lengths to down play his initiative. But watch out!

Like international stars such as the late Lucky Dube, Bob Marley among others, for A-Plus, `He can put his credibility and life on the line to say all that some Ghanaians for hypocritical reasons do not want to say in the face of these politicians.`