Native Son, Obiba Sly Collins, Wails For Africa In New Song – LISTEN

In an age that almost all Ghanaian musicians have chosen the easier way out singing to appease the people, one out of them has kept to the well-known philosophical path traversed by musicians of yore.
We are talking about Obiba Sly Collins, veteran highlife musician, singer and multi-instrumentalist, who has continuously regaled us with melodious, philosophical and sometimes controversial songs which have nevertheless pricked our consciences over the years. Unlike others, he has kept to his roots – highlife music – and has added his touch to it as one can hear elements of other genres but he does not compromise on his
roots. ‘Why Africa’ his latest, for all intents and purposes is not for jollification or for those who want to do asabone nkuma asaase; this is music for deep meditation and reflection as it speaks directly to your conscience making this song a must on all highlife music programmes on radio from next week on.

To avail every Ghanaian the opportunity to listen to this thought provoking music, it has been rendered in English for all to listen and understand. Interestingly, its release coincides with our country’s original Republic Day, July 1, which day must rekindle in us the words of our founding fathers.

Listen To The Song Here On Audiomack (Embedded Link):


Obiba Sly has regularly released these singles which apart from receiving critical acclaim has spoken about societal issues of the day, reminding us of what we are missing as a people: love, empathy and the desire to make the society better than we met it. In some previous songs, he has extolled some leading lights of the society whose lifestyle and comportment are worthy to be emulated. On other occasions he has
advised the youth against all forms of get-rich-quick scams including sakawa and blood money.
This time in ‘Why Africa’, one could feel the anguish in his voice as he apparently took a long look at Africa, shook his head in frustration and wrote this song, which though is admonishing us to be conscious of who we are and lay a solid foundation for the youth, he nevertheless warns that the corruption, fraud, nepotism, xenophobia and greed which pervades the African continent will lead to our doom.

For example when he sang: ‘I don’t know why my people … black people are still
suffering? We are blessed with gold, but … still hungry, we’ve got diamonds everywhere, but no shelter for the workers, …we endowed with natural resources, but my people are wailing, we are blessed with crude oil, but no good roads … Why can’t we be nationalistic, and live as one,political colors, are diverting our focus, …
discrimination is destroying my people, covetousness is killing the future of Africa’ he was virtually crying in a very, solemn, mellow and sonorous voice, reflecting his deep emotional pain.

Akasanoma Gh

Mr. Wayo Victory aka Cee Wayo is a young and self motivated gentleman who hails from Battor in the North Tongu District of the Volta region but had spent most of His life in Kpando and Juapong respectively. He is a musician, music analyst, promoter, artistes manager, event organizer amongst others. He started music as a career from the year 2000 to 2015 when He paused to further his tertiary education. He has finally been appointed as a Commissioner For Oaths by the Judicial Service of Ghana. His love and passion for music as a member of Musiga from 2005 had given him the opportunity to manage renowned record label Pub Records, Callin Entertainment amongst others. Currently, He is the CEO of Wacajonia limited, a paralegal firm and Akasanomagh.com. This platform he created is to enable music stakeholders, Politicians and other business men advertise their products so as to increase gains in the venture . For News, Music, Entertainment, Politics and more across the globe -Like akasanoma Gh on Facebook, Twitter and instagram respectively.

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