African Musicians And The Challenge Of Image Laundering
- Entertainers all over the world see themselves as potential ambassadors to their respective nations, selling out their cultures to the world. What efforts are Nigerian celebrities making to portray the good image of the country?
Patriotism is a virtue. It is portrayed by people of different fields of endeavour, including musicians of note. Just as European artistes are known for raising their countriesâ flags high whenever they sing or shoot their videos; few African musicians have the burden of promoting the cultures and achievements of their fatherland.
One of such African ambassadors is Akon. As depicted in his brand of music, Akon, a celebrated Senegalese artist, is proud of his origin. This musician of note uses every available opportunity to sing about his country, always smiling with passion and selling the countryâs culture to the world.
Though his personal lifestyle has been variously criticised by some music followers, he is seen as one of African's sons in the diaspora as he helps in raising the image of his country and Africa in general.
Though he has lived all his life in the United States of America, Akon is almost synonymous with the the refrain, Senegal, West Africa. His remix with Davido in Dami Duro is a testimony of his passionate allegiance with Africa and his brothers âat home.â