|With the political season almost here, musicians have begun jostling for attention and hip life artiste, Kwaw Kese, has thrown in the first salvo, indicating he would do better than what Daddy Lumba did for the NPP if any political party approaches him to do a song.
Since Jewel Ackah did the anthem Arise Arise for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the 90s, it has almost become an unwritten rule for musicians to perform for, align themselves either with or compose a piece for the political parties.
Indeed, some political parties adopted popular hits to run their campaigns or as their theme songs. The New Patriotic Party (NPP) used the popular Cindy Thompson’s Awurade Kasa in 2000.
However, during the 2008 elections, musicians were contracted to compose songs for political parties’ campaign and it looks like the trend has come to stay. Who can forget Daddy Lumba’s ‘Nana Winner’ for NPP’s presidential candidate Nana Akuffo Addo or Lucky Mensah’s ‘Come Back’ for President Atta Mills.
Talking to ‘Showbiz’, Kwaw said although Daddy Lumba did a brilliant work for Nana Addo, the Abodam man believes he has the talent to compose a piece that Ghanaians will love better. “All my songs have been hits and with the amount of money I will demand from the political parties, I will do a wonderful song. Lumba is good but I believe I will do better than him”, kwaw Kese said.
The King of the Streets who is noted for songs like Popping, Na Ye Atal, Odamu and Ma Kwan Ndam said he would look for the best sound engineer, get the right lyrics and make sure Ghanaians really enjoy the song.
Kwaw sees no problem singing for any political party because he is a businessman, more so, he said Ghana is a democratic country and everyone has the right to freedom of expression.
He disclosed that, he will work with any political party that approaches him with a good sum of money. “It could be NPP, CPP, PPP or NDC. Whichever comes with the amount I am looking for gets my services. So a party could be the last to approach me but if the money being offered is the juiciest, I will go for that,” he added.
Although he wouldn’t mention the amount, he said the money should be just right to keep him going for the next 20 years if he decides to stop doing music.