When Blakk Rasta expressed displeasure with Sarkodie’s verse on Bob Marley’s “Stir It Up” remix, many reckoned it was within his right as notable reggae musician cum radio presenter.
What Ghanaians didn’t take kindly to was a tweet asking Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Julian Marley and Cedella Marley to stop desecrating their father’s legacy with features such as Sarkodie’s.
For many Ghanaians on social media, questioning the Marley siblings over the choice of Sarkodie for the “Stir It Up” remix smacked of crying more than the bereaved; equally pointing out that such blatant act bothered on hate or envy and not just musical criticism.
When songtress Efya’s thoughts were sought on the raging topic, the longtime Sarkodie collaborator expressed confusion as to who Blakk Rasta was and when she was prompted by the GH One host that he made the Barack Obama song, Efya then said “oh the funny man who does funny songs right.”
According to Blakk Rasta he isn’t bothered about Efya not knowing him but he found it distasteful that she labeled him as doing funny songs. And so Rasta promptly tweeted “Sad what DRUGS can do to a beautiful soul. Be delivered and healed, in JESUS name!”
Since the Efya incident, as has become the custom, some social media handles set to troll the Salaga soldier for apparently making funny songs using some of his light-hearted verses or songs.
One that came under scrutiny was his Our Africa track which featured the divinely gifted Jah Amber. Of special focus was the Chinese rendering underlying china’s dominance on the continent after European and American pillaging.
Another song a good number of people sought to ridicule online is Blakk Rasta’s remix of P.K Yamoah’s Serwaa Akoto done in the Highlife vein.
The new Serwaa Akoto retains its Highlife roots paired along reggae with Blakk Rasta’s ‘kuchoko’ touch.
Serwaa Akoto was masterfully pre-produced by Wazumbi and mastered by the ageless Zapp Mallet in his Title Track studio. The song comes to life thanks to the crisp singing offered by the backing vocalist and sublime submission poured forth by Yaw Bayereba.
Unlike some damsels who are eye pleasing but lack substance, Serwaa Akoto’s talk is likened to calm water whereupon it is made clear that should all women possess the attributes of Akoto life would have been bearable for all.
Blakk Rasta does well in being able to start on a mellow note before raising the tempo cautiously while not distorting the flow.
A few angered fans or folks who generally have a bone to pick with Blakk Rasta have under the cover of his needless tweet to the Marley family sought to rubbish the man and his music repertoire. That cannot be countenanced given the facts.
Blakk Rasta is a Best Reggae Song recipient at the Ghana Music Awards. He’s won various awards with other music schemes too. Certainly this is not a man to scoff at as some of the commentaries so badly seek to portray.
I am not even touching the influential reggae shows he’s conducted at Goodnews FM in Takoradi, Happy FM at Asylum Down, Hitz FM at Kokomlemle, Zylon FM at East Legon and 3FM at Adesa We.
On the music front alone, Blakk Rasta’s albums include Rasta Shrine (2000), More Fyah (2002), Ganja Minister (2004), Natty Bongo (2006), Naked Wire (2008), Voice of the Afrikan Rebel (2009), Born Dread (2011), Ancestral Moonsplash (2014), Kuchoko Revolution (2016) and Timbuktu By Road (2019).
Blakk Rasta is a humorous fellow as work mates and friends can attest. Kwame B has been at the butt of his antics and even on air that mischievous humour seeps thorough.
Nonetheless when it comes to execution of work and for that matter his music, he is laser focused. In Ghana, he might just be the artiste who has worked with the venerable Zapp Mallet the most, always seeking to have that clear sound.
Having an ear for crisp sound and an eye for distinguished talent, it is Blakk Rasta who availed his platform for features to notables such as Stonebwoy, Samini, Knii Lante, Fifi Seleh and Jah Amber.
This funny man who does funny songs has a distribution deal with international record label – VP Records.
It is this same man who stages the Blakk Rasta Kuchoko Roots Festival to interact with his fans as well as invite foreign acts such as Ras Kimono and Majek Fashek.
How can you not love the Zantan Bua (goat dance), Ogoni Rebellion – the tribute tune for Ken Saro-Wiwa or ‘Kwame Nkrumah’, released on the 16 track ‘Born Dread’ album to further indicate where Blakk’s heart lies regarding the content of his music.
Then there’s Sakina-tribute song to his fallen wife for the solemn times.
As Zapp Mallet observed, that Sarkodie represented himself and us is enough. Ghana is there. That Bob Marley & The Wailers, featuring Sarkodie “Stir It Up” remix scaled to number 1 on YouTube for Music on Feb. 1 is something of a win for Ghanaians and also for those who saw the Sarkodie collaboration as a step to bring in yields.
Blakk Rasta was within his right to criticize the collaboration as many had done, where he goofed was sending that tweet for which he’s been rightly lambasted but it gives nobody the right to scoff at the musical input the ‘Kochoko’ legend has offered since year 2000.