Ghanaian rapper Guru has for the first time opened up about his famous ‘Akayida’ track stating that his song does not incite violence or terrorism in any way as critics have sought to portray it.Speaking on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review the ‘Boys Abr3’ crooner said the lyrics for the song were inspired by the hardship most Ghanaians go through.
“My song talks about the hard work and tiredness that the youth go through every day,” Guru stated. According to the ‘Lapaz Toyota’ hit maker, “The song does not talk about terrorism in any way so I get marveled when people equate the dance and song to terrorism. It is just a song with a dance so to me I don’t see anything negative about it. Even the pronunciation is different. Mine is Akayida and not Al Qaeda,” said Guru.(Read my blogpost of Guru’s interview with GhanaMusic about Akayida)
Guru said as a musician one of the roles he can play in society is to put the things going on around him into his music.
“As a musician, I make songs based on people and what they have gone through and what is going around us. Initially because there was no video to my song people started getting the whole idea twisted even in terms of the spelling and all that but now the official video is out so the whole judgment of the song and the dance, it is well explained in the video.”
Indeed there is a unique ‘Akayida’ dance that goes with the song. Though the dance originated from the streets early this year, Ghanaian musicians like Guru and Shatta Wale gave it more exposure. Unlike ‘Azonto’, ‘Akayida’ has rather very relaxed moves which Guru says depicts a person who is tired.