Over the years, hiplife artiste, Barima Sidney, has carved a controversial image for himself with his music and his upcoming album, My Last Coup D’etat, suggests that he is not ready to depart from that trend.
Known for hit songs such as African Money, Apuskeleke, Scent No and Tinana Pampana, Barima Sidney, pulls no punches with his songs.
“I have already released songs such Who Born Dog, You Do All and Sokoo off the album. For these songs, I wasn’t controversial but another song off the album Monkey Come Down is something else,” he stated.
According to him, even though his Monkey Come Down song which he intends to release next month explores the animal kingdom and how some of them are “superior” than others, he will not be surprised if it is given political meanings.
“It’s surprising how most of my songs have been twisted. If a song like Scent No which talks about personal hygiene and the need to keep our surroundings clean could be misrepresented, you can imagine how Monkey Come Down will be twisted,” he stated.
He added that the eight-track album which is expected to be released by the end of the year is a follow up to his African Money song which was released in 2008 and also to crown his 20 years anniversary for being in the music business.
Barima Sidney, real name, Sidney Ofori, said although he has courted some public disaffection with some of his “politically motivated” songs, he believes music could be used as a tool for change and as such, he uses his music platform to fight corruption and other social vices as well as be the “voice for the voiceless”.
He hit the limelight in 1996 as a member of the trio- Nananom- which had Omanhene Pozo and Jyoti as other members of the group. After the split up of the group, he released his first solo album, Tinana Pampana, in 2001. He later followed it up with Akofna which had the popular Apuskeleke.
His subsequent albums- Scent No, Obiaa Nye Obiaa and African Money also made good ratings on the chart and he is hopeful the upcoming My Last Coup D’etat will be “another success story”.
Expressing his view on the new generation of artistes, Sidney, who recently released Me Nwuye, a tribute song in honour of hiplife artiste, Castro said, “Of course, we expect this new generation to do better than us because they have all the materials to make them successful but the truth is that, their lyrical content can’t be compared to us.
“The sound engineers and producers are doing all the work which wasn’t so in our time. In the 90s, a successful song depended on the lyrics but now, with a good beat, you can make a hit,” he said.