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Do You Think David Bahati Will Give Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s Rap Album A Good Review?

What is Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni doing when he’s not telling children to do their friends a solid and never let them go gay? Or refusing to levy much criticism on lawmaker David Bahati’s Kill The Gays bill? He’s recording a rap album. Um.

President Yoweri Museveni says he might release an album after a rap he performed became a smash hit on Uganda’s radio stations and in its nightclubs. “I was very happy with the reaction of the youth because that means they are very thirsty for the music of their ancestors,” the 67-year-old told a news conference before elections on Friday. So after the election you may get quite a big album of the classics.”

The leader, nicknamed “M7”, performed two children’s folk chants from his birthplace in Western Uganda at several election rallies over the last few months — “Naatema akati” (I cut a stick) and “Mp’enkoni” (Give me the stick). Record producers then mixed the performances with hip-hop beats and audio of Museveni talking to the crowd about a genre of music that he said was new to him.

Titled “You want another rap?,” the song will make the perfect background music when he’s listening in on your calls. [Reuters]

On:           Feb 18, 2011
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