In an exclusive interview with Infoboxdaily, the African Money singer justified his new title with the explanation that his songs primarily satirize the political ills within the African society. “People are associating me with controversial songs and controversial songs are becoming political,” he said. Although Sydney admits doing political songs can affect his fan base, he is still interested in national issues and wants to expose the ills in society.
“I felt I was alone in this kind of music when I started. But when I heard Sarkodie’s ‘Inflation’, my perception changed. I felt musicians are becoming aware of things around them.” Sydney revealed that he aspires to be the “Fela of Africa”, claiming that contemporary musicians are not living up to the legacy of Fela Kuti, who used his African jazz prowess to fight political oppression on the African continent.
However, the musician disclosed that he will not hesitate to compose a song for any political party since it is purely commercial. He disclosed that he will not put his voice on it. “I will not put my voice on it. I will just write the lyrics and get someone to sing after which I will do the arrangements and all that”. Commenting on media reports that he will torment Mahama, Sydney said he was taken out of context.
He revealed that his original words were that: “I will Torment Mahama Musically”, which he explained as using music to get the President to live up to his mandate of solving the energy crisis and restoring hope to the Ghanaian economy. “I said that in an interview I granted Otec FM in February.
When the story came out, I was really afraid. Fortunately, some friends in the media quickly contacted me and asked for the original tape. Then it was realized that I was taken out of context. Fortunately, that was quickly resolved,” he added. Sydney revealed that General Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) used his hit song, “Our Money”, for his campaign in the run up to the Nigerian elections because the lyrics in the song reflected happenings in the country during that period. Barima Sydney is noted for composing satiric songs, such as Apuskeleke, Obia nye obia, Scent no, and Donkomi, reflecting social and political happenings in Ghana and beyond.