Agyankaba, the latest song from the camp of irebrand broadcaster and musician, Blakk Rasta, is an apologetic tear-inducing missive from a dead father to his newly-orphaned son.
“I am not crying all these tears from my eyes for the fear of death. But I’m crying because I’m making you an orphan at five, and that is not right,” mourns the persona in Agyankaba.
An emotive offering, the record, produced by Zapp Mallet sits at an insectection between reggae, achetypal highlife dirge, and the spoken word–a combination that falls under Rasta’s iteration of reggae, which he christens Kuchoko Music.
“No matter how loud the cry of the orphan is, nobody seems to hear,” the track opens, before a mournful chorus streams in.
Elsewhere, Rasta speaks of how an orphan is often the sacrificiaial lamb wherever he finds himself, and how he only finds a father figure when he achieves success.
A master storyteller, Rasta invokes arresting imagery with his lyricism and vocal manipulation: weeping and wailing.
The song is also a call to action as it implores society to take better care of persons who are befallen by calamities as this.
Agyankaba, like Chagsi Kalanga (released months ago), heralds Blakk Rasta’s new album, due later this year.
Born Abubakar Ahmed, Blakk Rasta is a unique voice on Ghana’s airwaves, and over decades, grown to become one of the most trusted social commentators in the country. An academic, author of multiple critically acclaimed bodies of work, and recipient of a dozen laurels both from Ghana and internationally, Rasta is best known for records as “Barack Obama,” “Ganja Nice,” “Serwaa Akoto,” “Dede,” “Kofi Annan Says” and a host of other masterpieces.