Entertainment of Friday, 16 September 2016
Reggae artiste, Ekow Micah has said what the country needs during this election period is education to promote tolerance and not peace songs which have currently become the norm.
In an interview with Showbiz on Tuesday, Ekow Micah said such songs are rather beating war drums and generating tension in the country rather than promoting peace as the singers claim to be doing.
“Ghana will not descend into conflict after the elections so why the emphasis on peace. Every four years, these artistes emerge and start singing about peace but all they are really doing is creating tension. The only time you talk about peace is during the time of war,” he said.
Ekow Micah described them as hypocrites adding that leaders and politicians in the country have done a disservice by not presenting democracy in the right way to the citizenry.
“Democracy does not have to be about tribal and partisan politics. In other democracies, entertainers are free to endorse candidates of their choice without having to face backlash from the public and their colleagues in the entertainment industry. Oprah Winfrey endorsed Obama during the American election and she did not have to face all the criticisms our entertainers face when they do same,” he said.
Micah described these incidents as “political malaria,” and announced that he would be holding a concert on Wednesday, September 21, which coincides with the birthday of Dr Kwame Nkrumah at the Independence Square.
The show dubbed the Political Malaria concert will also see the launch of a song to educate Ghanaians on the political ills in society.
“Singing peace songs every four years does very little to change anything in society. What we need is constant education throughout the years to improve the political knowledge and awareness of the people of the country,” he said.