Jan 29, 2009, 5:34 AM
Askia, Austria-based producer, singer and songwriter, is one of the most
vibrant international Gambian music personalities.
Known for being outspoken, he has renewed his commitment to the course of music development in the country in his latest song called ‘Westside love’.
He also took a jab on ENC and other artistes alike, mentioning names and lyrically addressing them.
Reacting to the song in a recent interview, Ras believes the recent change of government in the country has created a greater opportunity for artistes to fight for their rights.
“We all know we are from the Westside and presently we are in this era where freedom fighting is kind of new to our society. We all stood up to fight for democracy and inside this democracy, I think we the artistes should also be fighting for what we want in the music,” he said.
Ras Askia said the streets have been requesting controversial artistes and weak artistes decided to take the role.
He said it is about time Gambian musicians set standards and records straight.
“This song is a correction and a lyrical confrontation. It is for a lot more people than the few I have mentioned.” He promised to continue the course of fighting the bad representation of Gambian music both home and abroad.
It would be recalled that Ras Askia threw shots to Open Mic Festival and others for some business-related engagements. We will look into those attacks and update the readers soon.