Rapper Sarkodie is without a doubt one of Ghana’s most well-known artists, recognised for his talent around the world. He is praised in his native country for his accolades and for speaking up on issues that concern the populace.
Eight years ago, under John Dramani Mahama of the National Democratic Congress, Sarkodie attacked the country’s leadership due to his dissatisfaction with Ghana’s economic status (NDC).
He criticised the president for mismanaging the economy, which was typified by the so-called “Dumsor” power outages, increases in fuel prices, and the weak performance of the cedi versus the US dollar.
Sarkodie put out two songs in a year to “attack” the John Mahama-led administration at the time. He called him to action after outlining all the mistakes made while he was in charge.
In 2022, Ghana is in a far more challenging situation, and citizens are demanding for the resignation of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, his Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, and other ministers who have abjectly failed in their various roles.
Sarkodiegh recalls two of Sarkodie’s popular songs that it feels best capture the present economic woes of Ghana under Akufo-Addo.
One is inflation
Sarkodie’s initial jab at the NDC government and the then-president John Mahama came in the form of the 2014 song “Inflation.” More than ever, the song lyrics can be related to.
The song “Inflation” begins with the following: “The country is rife with shocks. We still leave in turmoil, Besi nne. Prices in katamanto kokohwe nneeama. ECGfoo plays omo tactfully. Okyena na pipe, ene na dumso. So na yebe dum no five towo nnooma. Wo gallon of filli can save wo life.”
The performance of the cedi against the dollar and the increases in petrol prices were briefly mentioned in the lyrics.
Watch the video here:
The Masses 2. (Inflation Part 2)
Sarkodie released “The Masses” a year after releasing “Inflation” to emphasise the need for the government to address Ghanaians’ problems.
Despite suspicions that it was an intentional attempt to undermine the administration, the song received all the attention.
On the song, which was sung in Twi, Sarkodie vented his annoyance.
In the meantime, Sarkodie has urged President Akufo-Addo in a few tweets to mend the country in response to distress appeals from all parts of the nation as a result of the economic crisis.
listen to music below: