Blue Marina And The Diamonds
16 December 2014, 11:26
This is what happens when you give an African person the platform to speak about Africa.
Rapper Fuse ODG revealed last month that he was among the musicians tapped by Sir Bob Geldof to participate in the recent Band Aid Ebola relief efforts. In an article published in the Guardian, Fuse (real name Nana Richard Abiona) elaborated on the reasons he chose to pass on the chance to appear on the track.
In truth, my objection to the project goes beyond the offensive lyrics. I, like many others, am sick of the whole concept of Africa – a resource-rich continent with unbridled potential – always being seen as diseased, infested and poverty-stricken. In fact, seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest growing economies are in Africa.
Fuse ODG, The Guardian Online
In a move that isn't overly surprising, Fuse has released a track and video entitled "Letter to TINA". Sounding very traditionally West African, Fuse raps about his love for TINA (an acronym for The New West Africa).
Not only is "Letter To TINA" not as patronizing as asking a continent with over 400 million Christians whether or not they are aware of a date on a calendar, it also has traditional West African musical elements which is a great step forward in representation.
See the video below and consider purchasing this because all proceeds go to Ebola relief and it's a song by an African musician about the specific potential of Africa.