Barima Sidney, controversial hiplife artiste, whose vision is to take Ghanaian music to another level, has revealed that he will still campaign for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) come 2020 so that the party can continue its good works.
The ‘Scent No’ hitmaker, who says he has no regrets campaigning for NPP in 2016, declared that he was proud of the achievements of President Akufo-Addo so far and would vote for him in the upcoming presidential election.
“President Nana Akufo-Addo’s NPP has done its best since it took over the affairs of state. He needs to be praised for his achievement so far,” he said.
According to him, taking a look at the economy for instance, he believes the government has done well, adding that the Akufo-Addo administration has largely delivered on most of its promises.
The hiplife artiste, who was heavily involved in the NPP campaign in 2016, mentioned that the introduction of the free SHS program by the NPP government was a laudable initiative which had opened doors for the poor in society to have access to quality education.
“I believe the NPP has done so well and they need to be applauded. I have no regrets taking that bold step to campaign for them,” he told Rainbow Radio in an interview monitored by BEATWAVES.
The ‘Eboboba’ hitmaker, who is currently working on a number of projects in Ghana and Liberia, commended the government for the establishment of the Creative Arts Council with the potential of transforming the creative arts industry.
He however, urged Ghanaians to support the President to deliver his visionary plans for the betterment of Ghana’s sinking economy.
The hiplife artiste in an interview with BEATWAVES disclosed plans of releasing three danceable new singles which were expected to receive massive airplay.
He hinted that he would release the first single on August 10 followed by the remaining two singles which would be released before December. All three songs are good for public consumption.
He said it’s been a while since he dropped something for his fans and Ghana at large, adding that this year he has a surprise package for his fans.
The music videos for the three singles, according to him, will soon be ready and will be aired on all the local television networks in the country to promote the songs.
Born Sidney Kofi Ofori, he began his musical career with Native Funk Lords in 1994, before he formed Nananom with late Omanhene Pozo and Ohemaa.
He released his first album, ‘Tinana’, in 2001, followed by ‘Abuskeleke’ in 2003.
In 2004, Sidney released ‘Scent No’, a controversial song which educates the people about sanitation.
Sidney resurfaced in 2005 with another controversial hit album, ‘Obia Nye Obia’.
Sidney has also been involved in various educational campaigns. ‘Give Them the Pen, Not the Gun’ is a single song dedicated to all child soldiers in the world especially in Africa; it features Dr. Kaunda, his lyrical mate and King Ayisoba.
In 2012 he released ‘Fɔrso Ye No Saa’ album with two hit tracks: ‘Enkɔ yie’ and ‘Awuchie Kpɔngɔ’.
Some of his songs are ‘Africa Money’, ‘Kyere Me’, ‘I See You Cher’, ‘Monhye Nkom’, ‘Africa Money’, ‘Ma Sweetie’, ‘Paanoo Shew’, ‘Colour TV’, ‘Piti Odo Nsuo’, ‘Ehye Mu’, ‘Mind Da Gap’, ‘Obaa Kokoo’, ‘Ibi So’, ‘Hu Me Mobo’, ‘Child Soldier’, ‘Adukrom Nsuo’, ‘Nkwaraa Yi’ and ‘Underground’.
By George Clifford Owusu