Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Barack like a Cadillac: Ghana Hiplife Collaboration celebrates the coming of Obama



You have to hand it to Ghanaians for enthusiasm. They have put together a music video showcasing about 10 of Ghana's well known pop/hip-life artists - all in honour of the Obama visit.

Alot of the song is in Twi, but I've captured some of the english verses here:

ASEM:
"Ever since I set eyes on you Barack
I felt good like I bought a new Cadillac.
I talk about you to my Granny, I have pictures of you and your Granny.
And I heard that you won a Grammy.
When I get mine it will make us family!
"

ECHO:
"Is the first time in Africa
To see a hero in America.
Is like seeing a Godfathah
Welcome home Obama.

You you you you
Fathah of the Nation
And we are proud to have you here
Obama Obama Obama
Welcome to Ghana...
"
Thanks For Making This Possible! Kindly Bookmark and Share it.

Technorati Digg This Stumble Stumble Facebook Twitter

8 comments:

Helene said...

I recently looked up the lyrics to that horrifying "Barack Obama" song by Blakk Rasta...let me share my favorite part!

Oh Obama,me neva hear you talk 'bout africa yet
Or is it a nice way of swerving dem in a ya capaign?
Mr Obama,bring dis poly-tricks money to africa andkeep de poverty at bay
Too long black people keep nyaming up horse hay
Wake up Obama and don't join de band wagon of de gay

The pale observer said...

Yes, Blakk Rasta is a 'piece of work' - you should hear him on the radio sometimes...
Also - it's funny that everyone here identifies Obama as black - normally every black American or Canadian is called Obruni because they are a foreigner. Very conveniently the Ghanaians are all of a sudden adopting the American 'one drop rule' once the person is a PRESIDENT! :)

Kofi Nyarko said...

Woman, just shut up! You are amazingly irritating with your constant attempts to defame Ghanaians. True, some people are just ridiculous but these are individuals, so stop constantly bundling up the whole country together! If you don't like it here and see only negativity around you, pack your bags and head back home! Ah, what kind of demon are you that is bent on portraying us as a primitive, backward waste of space? ugh! Like I said no one is forcing you to stay, so if you cannot find good then up and leave; I'm quite sure you will not be missed!

The pale observer said...

Dear Kofi - despite your hostility, I appreciate your comment, as I always appreciate a lively debate. Having said that, I am surprised that you chose to write this below a post where all I've done is highlight a video posted by the singers of Ghana, in Obama's honour. I actually thought it was cute and I posted it - writing that you have to hand it to Ghanaians for being enthusiastic. Am I wrong? What is your problem with the video or my choice to post it? It is, by the way, widely available on youtube and was heavily broadcast on all Ghanaian radio stations this week, alongside some other catchy Obama tunes.

I think you strongly misread me. Have you read my posts (just below) about my scooter and my life in a compound in Ghana? And you have the nerve to say I am trying to defame Ghanaians? You might want to check out the comments there, posted by other Ghanaians. They certainly see the love and affection I have for Ghana.

When I write about the dismal health system, or accident statistics, I'm sorry but those are true and they are fact. Someone has to speak up about the problems in a society, in order to make people stand up, think about it and ultimately make changes for the better.

If you cannot face the glaring problems in Ghana then you need to stick your head back into the sand and let those of us who love Ghana and want progress, to move ahead.

If you cannot poke fun at yourself or your weaknesses, then your ego will keep you down forever, and you will never move ahead.

AB said...

"Woman, just shut up!"??? I am sputtering with rage at this man's ignorance, audacity, and the sense of entitlement and misguided superiority that Ghanaian patriarchy has bred into people like this commenter. I will not call him names, because this is a public forum and I am a considerate human being, a qualification that eludes him judging from his "what kind of demon are you" comment. I regret that I am only now finding this so I can properly apologize to you on his behalf and also on behalf of many I know would be mortified to read this. Thank you for your measured response to his comment; I hope he has learnt much - as I certainly have - from your maturity.

The pale observer said...

AB - thanks for taking the time to comment and for seeing the misguided attitude of Mr. Nyarko. Well through blogging I have definitely learned that you cannot please everyone all of the time - so best just be true to yourself!

It's true I sometimes take a 'cheeky' attitude about some of the things I see around me, but that's what keeps me sane!

I will continue to plod along and post about it - I hope you will keep reading. Thanks again.

The pale observer said...

AB - thanks for taking the time to comment and for seeing the misguided attitude of Mr. Nyarko. Well through blogging I have definitely learned that you cannot please everyone all of the time - so best just be true to yourself!

It's true I sometimes take a 'cheeky' attitude about some of the things I see around me, but that's what keeps me sane!

I will continue to plod along and post about it - I hope you will keep reading. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Good day

We do not agree with this year BRIT awards 2010 decision.

Please attend our little web survey

http://micropoll.com/t/KDqOnZBCWt

Lady Gaga can not be better than Madonna

Poll supported by BRIT awards 2010 sponsor femmestyle
[url=http://www.femmestyle.ch/earcorrection.html]ohren verkleinern[/url]

Do you have a burning question we could ask all the stars at The BRIT Awards?

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Say something! Ramble a bit...

Visitor counter from June 5th, 2008


website counter