What does an African literary giant like Ama Ata Aidoo have in common with Nigerian afrobeat artiste, Burna Boy? The answer is Twice As Tall.
The latest 15-track album of the artiste has received worldwide acclaim since it was released on Friday.
The Ghanaian scholar is touted as a proponent of positioning the African in the right light that tells the story of positivity, growth and rejecting western narratives that portray the African in the context of strife and hardship as history as shown.
Monsters You Made’, the twelfth record on the album toes a similar line. With a catchy hook delivered by Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Burna discusses the flaws that accompany white imperialism.
It would be recalled that the Nigerian rapper, singer and afrobeat artiste lost out to Angelique Kidjo with a close margin after being nominated for 2020 Grammys’ Best World Music Album.
In her acceptance speech, the Beninese singer dedicated the award to him, saying: “Burna Boy is among those young artists that come from Africa that is changing the way our continent is perceived.”
He seems to have taken a cue from it, channelling what seems like all of his creative energy into this 15-track masterpiece.
‘Monsters You Made’, features a 23-second snippet of the much-revered Ghanaian author, Ama Ata Aidoo’s rant on imperialism and its attendant effect on Africa.
“Since we met you people 500 years ago, look at us, we’ve given everything, you’re still taking. In exchange for that we have got nothing. Nothing! And you know it”, she says emphatically on the song.
Burna, passionately raps “You know we come from a place, where people smile, but it is fake, how could they smile if you look around they are surrounded by pain.”
As a strong advocate for the independent thinking African, the award-winning novelist is a key proponent of rewriting the African narrative.
Coming from a continent that is often reminiscent of slavery and oppression Mrs Aidoo has written extensively in prose, poetry and plays in this regard.
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