Friday, 17 January 2014

Blogger Attacks Joey B's Tonga.

 There is no need to get worked up about the lewd, raunchy lyrics in a song “Tonga”, because  the song was not paid for by government neither did it break my door after Joey B released it.
It’s simply none of my business.
There is no need t
o get critical about ‘”onga” afterall, Daddy Lumba has sang what could be considered worse – “Tokrom, Poison, Ase? Ho” etc – and well, nothing happened.
And nobody can stop Joey B from composing and playing “Tonga” because he controls the songs he sings, -and I control the dial on my radio too. So we are even.
So yeah, I don’t have to write an article about ‘’Tonga”.

– Until Joey B called it a product of creativity and hard-work.
After that, it was not funny anymore.
Ghana’s so-called latest hip life sensation moved from the studio and entered the classroom. He left the disk jockey and entered the dictionary – and literally handed me a paper, a pen to ‘compose’ my own ‘song’ called – ‘An opinion’.
So you get a two syllable word “Ton” – “ga”. Run it through a monotone beat like the ringtone of a Nokia 3310  – and what comes out is what? Creativity?
It’s exactly like saying the bleating sound of a goat interspersed with a funny sound from it but, makes the herbivore a hip-pop artiste.
Tonga is not the work of an artiste; sorry it is not. It’s the work of an addict. A sex addict bowing to an animistic instinct and who is satisfied with an inferior definition of who a man is.
According to the rapper “everything that we live for is because of a woman (sex)”
No that is not what every man lives for. Real man gets up, showers, dresses up –and goes to work, feed his family, trains his kids and tries to accomplish what he believes is his purpose in life.
Not stay in the room all day having sex with his partner and making a music video out of the many sex positions he tries.
Songs like yours are not meant to be creative. They are meant to take advantage of a raw edge in society for something controversial.
It doesn’t bring ‘wow’ out of people but ‘eeei awurade?’.
It is exactly because it is not creative, that is why most hiplife songs have a three month life-cycle.
And that is why songs from Amakye Dede, AB Crentsill are remembered long after they were recorded.
The point is: there can be no laws to decide what language or lyrics should be used. And there shouldn’t.
Folks simply believed that commonsense would always regulate what people say or sing about – until they found out 21st century society is accepting that even a guy’s butt can and has become a neurotic minefield of attraction for another guy.
Andrew Fletcher (1653 – September 1716), a Scottish writer, politician, said “let me write the songs of a nation, I care not who writes its laws”. And yes, he was right. Because songs actually and unconsciously define for us what is or should become acceptable in society.
In effect, new songs are incoming laws – programming the most available, least suspicious, regular, normal person to appreciate what if said or done in an abnormal, dysfunctional way should be found offensive.
So what people like Joey B and Sarkodie do is a lot more important in effect than what 275 MPs do for a living.
And those who suspect that I am trying to moralise the issue –yeah that is exactly what I am trying to do.
See, the media put another rapper Obarima Ba Sydney out of the business by refusing to play  his politically satiric songs. Simply just saying no – and the frustrated guy quit.
Why did many media houses refuse? Because according to Sydney, they felt the song degraded the presidency or specifically John Mahama. And yet there was not one insulting syllable in the song.
So we know that somebody can actually get offended right?
So if we could ‘protect’ the presidency from lyrics deemed mocking, why can’t we protect the God we call our father if indeed we are 71% Christian, 24% Muslim and 5% traditional?
Especially when one of his two kids (women) are being degraded and profaned in filthy songs?
Why would we bring out an ‘underground’ artiste from his underground by hailing a conscience-degradable substance called ‘Tonga’, when we can keep him underground as long as he decides to sing songs about what’s under people’s dresses?
You know. there was a time – centuries ago – when people called a man a gentleman if he had land and a coat. Today we call a man a gentleman if he is nice.
It means the meaning of words evolve overtime.
Joey B’s ‘Tonga’ sets the bar on creativity so low, we risk dumping any kid’s idea of what that word really means. I mean, your kid could come home one day from school, dip a finger in peanut butter to write ‘A’ – and call himself a creative genius.
*TONGA, a street word which was made popular by Ghanaian actor Kwaku Manu in one of his usual comedy movies is used to refer to the female genital organ (vagina).

However you can check out the song if you dont have a copy yet..

Source: Edwin Appiah

1 comment:

  1. There may be an argument for "protecting" the President as he exists, although there is a danger prevention of criticism can be used to inhibited legitimate forms of political satire. As for your god no evidence exists.
    If a song is sexist let's deal with the human rights and humanist ethics involved instead of invoking fictional deities. Let's deal with patriarchy and sexist attitudes within society also and the religious denigration of women.