A week ago, on International Women’s Day 2019, rapper Abena Rockstar finally released her debut LP, Harvest Season, in all digital stores. In an earlier post, we have described Harvest Season as an embodiment of the very much noticeable growth and improvement in Abena’s craft. And we meant that.
The LP begins with a declaration: “I am a woman, and dark,” the translation goes, “so I don’t need no one to tell me life is not fair.” This funny line not only tells of a perceptive narrator, but also largely contextualises some of the album’s prime thematic concerns: absurd norms, hypocrisy and sexist discrimination in her industry and society at large.
Mention is also made herein, as a matter of course, of one of the highlights of Abena Rockstar’s career: Abena and her song of the same title featuring in a Howard University (Department of African Studies) class. This instructive intro to the LP is followed by two love songs where the narrator assumes the persona of a smitten romantic lover.
And then the aforementioned themes are accordingly revisited on subsequent tracks on the album: tracks 6 (Yaa Abrefi), 7 (Nimo) and 9 (Pussy Taya), for instance, further explore sexist, patriarchal bigotry, broaching pertinent topics from sexist double standards to sexual assault.
The album is definitely not carelessly named: Track 5, Winning O’clock (featuring Klu), which could pass as soundtrack to the whole project, along with track 10, Last Year relates Abena’s story of ploughing and sowing seeds in earlier days – and dealing with all the challenges that come with that – and then declaring, ultimately, that it’s time now, to harvest.
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