Thursday, November 11, 2010

Uganda's president raps for re-election

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 5:37 PM


Whatever atrocities Ugandan dictator Idi Amin committed during his brutal reign of terror — and there were many — he never once appeared in his own rap video.

Now, his successor, 65-year-old Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni (pictured above), has corrected that oversight with his election-season "U Want Another Rap?"

While the verses have the feel of a more bouncy (and less conscientious) Linton Kwesi Johnson, the song's best moments definitely come in the chorus, wherein Museveni calls out, "You want another rap?" as his followers respond "Ye Sebo," which, it turns out, means "Yes."

Although Museveni actually helped depose Amin back in 1979, his own administration has subsequently been accused of human rights violations, most famously in an Amnesty International report that critiqued his first three years in office. As the New York Times reported at the time:

When the current Government assumed power under President Yoweri Museveni in 1986, there was an immediate end to the gross human-rights violations inflicted by the previous Governments. However, in a recently published document, ''Uganda: The Human Rights Record, 1986-1989,'' Amnesty International notes increasing reports of unlawful killings of civilians and prisoners and the use of torture by the army and intelligence organizations, especially in northern and eastern Uganda, where there has been conflict between the National Resistance Army and armed rebels.

But with February's elections rapidly approaching, Museveni's surprise hit seems to be striking a chord among the Ugandan populace, and looks to be a much more effective campaign ad than that one Jack Conway released attacking Rand Paul for his worshipping of the "Aqua Buddha."

In fact, AllAfrica Global Media reported on Saturday that:

The song has become a hit playing on FM radio stations across the country, adopted as a ringtone and it has also turned into a form of greeting among friends.

"Another Rap" has infiltrated nightclubs, where it is said to get everyone onto the dance floor whenever it's played.

"When I play the hit, even those who are seated get onto their feet to dance," said DJ Shiru of Club Silk.

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