One of the leaders of the largest growing poetry/hip hop movements in Canada called R.I.S.E Thursdays and the influential hip hop artist Zakisha Brown has shared her Year of return story in her new single titled “Went to Ghana“.
The Canada born Jamaican fell in love with the culture, food, energy, humbleness, helpfulness and selfless practices of Ghanaians.
“ I am the first of any of my family members going back 5 generations to go to Africa. I got a performance opportunity in West Africa on December 2019 Accra, Ghana to be specific. The festival was for the infamous Afrochic for the Year of Return. I fell in love with the culture, food, energy, humbleness, helpfulness and selfless practices of Ghanaians. I stayed for almost 3 months in Ghana.
When I returned, to Toronto, Canada, I felt charged up with energy and shot this video a week after landing ” she said. Her motivation for the song “Went to Ghana“ Stemmed from a realization that other cultures are now suddenly adapting African music, food, clothing etc and rocking it proudly. She says “But years ago when I was in high school. Being a black was something to be mocked rather than glorified. But when I was young like middle school age, I always knew, deep down inside that blackness and melanin was magical and special. Something to be proud and not ashamed of. Africa is the origin of humanity.
Zak’isha has opened up for artists such as Talib Kweli, Dru Hill, Nas and for the influential and acclaimed poet Saul Williams. Went To Ghana is just about her experience while in Ghana. In the song, she talks about black oppression and how blacks need to come to Ghana/Africa to have a sense of identity.
You can’t come to Ghana and not experience our mouth-watering delicacies. She spoke about our Banku, Fufu, Kelewele, Red Red and the Jollof.
She later spoke about the hawkers who balance stuff on their head, in reference she said it made her level up because it makes her know she can be tough if she puts in the work.
I personally as a blogger, believe that Zakisha could just be one of the best lyricists Africa could ever get.
Watch the official video below👇: Went to Ghana was produced by Nate Smith. Video directed by TomxFilm
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