5 songs that namedrop Dumsor.
The term “Dumsor” shouldn’t be unfamiliar to you if you live in Ghana. It shouldn’t be too if you’re an ardent reader of this blog.
In the midst of the ongoing crisis, some of our artistes have put out songs in which they’ve registered their resentments at the situation, and in previous posts such as this one, and that one, and this other one, we have brought you reviews, if you will, of some of these songs.
This post brings you 5 songs by Ghanaian rap artistes that, at least, namecheck the dreadful “Dumsor.”
1. Someway Bi – M.anifest.
“Someway Bi” is pidgin Engish for the expression “some type of way.” This song was the lead single off M.anifest’s 2013 album, Apae. Here, the rapper outlines some of the things that make life in Ghana someway bi- Dumsor, of course, is one of these things.
2. The Masses – Sarkodie
The masses happens to be the sequel to his “Inflation” single.Sark, who has obviously seen no improvement in the situations he highlighted in this song’s prequel felt the need to return- as a concerned citizen of the country, with “The Masses”, to echo his frustrations once more. He raises concerns about the mess that is Ghana’s economy, erratic water supply, and of course, the Dumsor crisis. He also lashes out at Ghanaians who are in the tradition of voting strictly along ethnic lines.
3. Turn on the Lights – Spyt Syck.
This song was recently featured on our Gintar Tinz series. Spyt Syck shares his rather unpleasant experiences with Dumsor in this fun, yet grim song.
4. Dumsor Demonstration – Opanka.
Opanka calls on Ghanaians to join him on a ‘Dumsor Demonstration’ to “fight for our rights.” His rhymes admonish the nation’s supplier of electricity, ECG, and also highlight
effects of the erratic power supply on the citizenry: from students to traders.
Opanka however defeats the purpose of the song when he asserts at the end: “forget ECG cause God is the light of my life”? Ugh!
5. Shame (Oh No) – Looney TKR.
This song is taken off Looney’s latest mixtape- Pre eminent. As expressed in the song, the Too Known Rapper (as he is also known) is frustrated by the Dumsor and some other happenings in the Ghanaian society.
It is important for Ghanaian artistes, and the Ghanaian populace at large to engage in matters relating to “Dumsor” and other national problems. However, we need to be careful of reducing these engagements to Dumsor jokes and mere banter lest our crisis become accepted norms. The late Chinua Achebe states it better in his book “The Trouble with Nigeria”;
“The problem with Nigeria (Ghana, in this case) has become the subject of our small talk in much the same way as the weather is for the English. But there is a great danger in cosigning a life-and-death issue to the daily routine of small talk. No one can do much about the weather: we must accept it or live with or under it. But national bad habits are a different matter; we resign ourselves to them at our peril.”