The songs Akufo-Addo should have on his playlist if he really cares

I am a music enthusiast. My passion for music transcends all genres.

Making playlists is one of my favorite activities. I have a playlist for every occasion.

I have a travel playlist, a workout playlist, a walk playlist, etc. I decided to make a playlist called ‘Akufo-Addo‘.

If you thought I would add the song “Nana Winner”, a campaign song by Daddy Lumba to the playlist, you are wrong. If you thought the beautifully composed choral music “Oye” by James Varrick Armaah which was performed well by Harmonious Chorale is on the playlist, then I’m sorry to disappoint you.

While creating this playlist, I was thinking about Ghana’s poor governance and Ghanaians’ desire for socio-economic development.

Through powerful lyrics and beats, musicians hold up mirrors to reflect the truths of our society and spark conversations that lead to change.

Maybe our President Akufo Addo will learn a thing or two when he puts these songs on his playlist.

Afriye Wutah’s Country Hot is the first song on the playlist. The song is a mix of melodic highlife, jazz and funk. This song will serve as a reminder to the President that Ghanaians are suffering.

The first line of the song’s first verse is particularly moving. I’m fine…”, says the starving man, repair the country. Bellyful says fix yourself. Many do not know what to eat, even the pikin feel the heat”.

It is absolutely true! Fuel prices have skyrocketed and transport fares are on the rise. The prices of goods and services have also increased! If the president isn’t watching the news, this song is a reminder that all is not well.

For those of you old enough to remember, President Akufo-Addo loved Wutah’s song “Big Dreams”.

He used the song extensively during his 2008 campaign, telling Ghanaians he had a big dream to transform the country. This dream of ruling Ghana came true in 2016, but many people think the country is “hot” (krom ayɛ shi).

The next track on the playlist is Wendy Shay’s Heat (also known as krom ayɛ shi). The song acknowledges Ghana’s difficult times while encouraging young people not to give up.

Wendy says young people today are tired of motivational speakers who just give them empty words. The song accurately captures the mood of the country, and President Akufo Addo is expected to take note of the ‘memo’.

Debi Debi from Manifest is the next song on the playlist. On this title, he makes no apologies. He says he’d rather talk and die. “They empty their wallets and make empty promises to us. How can I trust you when you say what you don’t do?

This is all too common in the Ghanaian political scene. Politicians spend money campaigning and making lofty promises that they never keep. Manifest touches on court debts and even the GYEEDA report.

The choir asks: “One day, one day, everything will be fine, but when will that day come?”

The songs Akufo-Addo should have on his playlist if he really cares

This song should remind the President that Ghanaians weigh all broken promises.

“Eyes but no eyes” is a song that I can’t get out of the Akufo-Addo playlist. M3nsa is emotional in this song. He says that despite the fact that we elect leaders, they only care about their own selfish interests and ignore the people who voted for them.

He adds that our leaders, although they have eyes, do not see.

He goes on to say that although they have a brain, they don’t think. He goes on to say that our leaders have hearts but feel nothing. M3nsa concludes that the boat (the country) is sinking because of the self-interest of our leaders.

The songs Akufo-Addo should have on his playlist if he really cares

Fela Kuti’s “Water No Get Enemy” is the next song on Akufo Addo’s playlist.

The song begins with a flurry of exciting jazzy horns playing for about 4 minutes, then messages kick in. The song elevates the water.

Fela reminds us how precious water is. We drink it, cook with it, bathe in and with water and use it to cool our heads when our heads are hot.

In summary, we can’t blame the water. He makes plants grow and gives us food. Even if your child dies by drowning, you cannot say that you will no longer use water. The water in this song represents the “People”.

The songs Akufo-Addo should have on his playlist if he really cares

The people are essential in politics. You need the people to give you legitimacy. These are the people who encourage you. People are so essential and therefore you cannot live without them.

So, just like water, President Akufo-Addo cannot live without the people. He must not blame the people because any leader who blames the people will pay dearly. If people are against E-Levy and resist it, why make the people your enemy.

Or is it because he is serving his last term and therefore has nothing to lose? If the president listens to this song and ruminates, he can at least start putting his people first. Or is it just wishful thinking?

The sixth song on Akufo-Addo’s playlist is “Perambulator”, another Fela Kuti classic.

Perambulating simply means to travel leisurely or to move to a place for pleasure. This song is about leaders who travel the world under the guise of learning best practices but do nothing to improve the lives of their people when they return. These leaders make motions but do not act.

The songs Akufo-Addo should have on his playlist if he really cares

Thus, despite numerous official trips or what is known as working visits, our leaders are just wandering around and there is no positive change.

Our leaders have visited countries with clean underground drains, but what do we see in Accra? Fela urges President Akufo Addo to make the most of his many trips around the world in expensive private jets.

Wahala Dey by Epixode is expected to be the seventh and final song on President Akufo Addo’s playlist. He begins the song with a famous quote from Dr Kwame Nkrumah… “Finally, Ghana, the battle is over.

Ghana, my beloved country, is free forever.” Well, the battle is not over yet as Ghana faces a host of socio-economic challenges, such as youth unemployment, poor road conditions and insufficient school infrastructure.

The songs Akufo-Addo should have on his playlist if he really cares

Epixode complains that Ghanaian leaders keep taking but not giving back to the people. So, he inquires, “Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, where are you? Didn’t you say that our beloved country would be free forever?

On that note, President Akufo-Addo, the “country is hot”, “wahala dey”.

What other songs should be on the president’s playlist? Don’t forget to share this playlist.


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Grace D. Erickson