Sierra Leone’s most popular song artist Emerson Bockarie of the Bobor belleh fame has reacted strongly to rumours doing the rounds crediting him with a new song titled “yesterday betteh pas tiday.”
Speaking in an exclusive interview Emerson said “I have not yet released any new song … I am now working on my new album which will be out in mid March”
Emmerson was reacting to reports that he made a song titled “yesterday betteh pass tiday” which is grossly critical of the present government and because of that party officials have met him (Emmerson) and have bought the master tape for something in the region of nineteen or ninety million Leones. This he said outrightly “is not true.”
He called on his supporters and the general public to be patient and wait for his new album as in it, “everything will reveal itself.”
The song artist who is known for his uncompromising political commentary on social issues said “this new album looks at the lapses of the government.”
He said that his songs are for the voiceless, the less privileged and the down trodden, and it is through their eyes that he looks at issues when composing his songs.
Emmerson acknowledged that even though the present government seems to be making effort in some areas, however, that “does not mean that we should not keep them on their toes by telling them what their lapses are…”
“It doesn’t mean that when a father is providing for his household the children must not complain when they are hungry … the main concern now is people are hungry, youths are unemployed,” he said. The government in its manifesto rated agriculture very high he said therefore “if issues surrounding agriculture are not addressed at this point in time, then the government has a question to answer.”
Emmerson also explained that the government has to answer why they are not receiving much donor support, “they spoke about accountability and transparency it is their responsibility to explain to the people why are these things happening…”
He considers the Open Government Initiative (OGI) as a laudable one, but is however skeptical about its intent as it is being reported that money meant for the initiative has got missing.
Asked why he took so long coming out with another album, Emmerson said, “I need to put things in place the fans deserve the best. The fans have passed the verdict; you need to be extremely good to stay in the industry,” he said.
Lastly he cautioned politicians not to use extracts from his songs for political mischief.