President Mahama might have considered Daddy Lumba’s new hit song ‘Yentie Obiaa’ as his 2016 campaign song, but the General Secretary for the National Democratic Congress is upset that the president’s entourage allowed that particular track to be played during his recent tour of the Ashanti Region.
‘Yentie Obiaa’, in the Akan dialect depicts ‘a person or group who hardly listen to what others have to say about them’.
This song blared through huge speakers in a vehicle that followed the President around in Kumasi and other parts of the region. Party supporters danced to the song, and in some instances the President gleefully danced to it together with other government officials.
Aside this development, Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive Officer, confirmed reports that Daddy Lumba’s latest track will be the NDC’s official campaign song.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Samuel Sarpong, is also reported to have mounted a strong defence over the decision by the president and his team to use the song as a signature tune, stating emphatically on Hello FM, that President Mahama was in love with the song which was specifically chosen because of the lyrics and the message it carries.
But Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia has made it clear he would have put aside every respect for President Mahama and halted any attempt to play Lumba’s tune had he been in the country on that fateful day.
He explained on Okay FM that music is a form of communication and the lyrics of Lumba’s song spoke bad about President Mahama considering the environment he found himself in.
‘I would have told them in Kumasi that they shouldn’t follow President Mahama with this type of tune. We are practicing democracy so if the song talks about being autocratic, then it is bad.
“President Mahama certainly had no hands in determining the kind of music to be played by members of his entourage but we should bear in mind music communicates and talks to people.
“The people playing the song should have considered whether playing that tune would benefit the president or not. This is certainly why funeral music is never allowed to be played during weddings,’ he stated.
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