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Jaga jaga and other Throwback Songs that Tackled the Government

 

Nigeria Jagajaga and other throwback songs did so well during their time of release in tackling corruption and other government ills.

Jaga jaga and other Throwback Songs that Tackled the Government
Jaga jaga and other Throwback Songs that Tackled the Government

While we currently have very few artists who use their songs as a tool to tackle the government ill’s and corrupt acts, there were times where music was constantly used as a tool to ensure that the government deliver good governance to the people.

A worthy mention of this category is Afrobeat legend who used his songs as a  tool to battle the corrupt politicians and speak against the government ills.

While a lot of artists focused more on using their songs to make money and gain fame, others used their tracks to actively fight the ills in governance and political system.

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Making it important to give credit artists like who has in recent time been doing much with singing against government ills but because this is a throwback they will not be making it to this list.

Pioneering the fight against corruption and other government ill’s with music, Fela Anikulapo Kuti who set the pace for others to follow did a great job with using his music to tackle government ills.

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Toeing the line of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, artists like Eedris Abdul Kareem and has done well with using their songs as a tool to tackle government ills.

Making this Mp3bullet.ng’s list is a track from African China titled Mr President. The track which was telling Nigerian leaders to govern the country very well also addressed the issue of police and bribery. The song which chorused

Mr President Lead us well

If You be Governor Govern us well

If You be Senator Senate Us well

If You be police Police well well no dey take bribe 

…Seemed to address vital issues that have been eating different sectors of the government.

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Also worthy to be on this list is track from veteran rapper Jaga Jaga which talked about the poor state of the country was a track that reminded Nigerians of the poor state of the government. who used his songs to urge Nigerians to rise up and speak up against government ills seems to be one of the very few artists who used his track to tackle government ills.

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Also worthy to be on this list is a track from another multi-talented singer . 2010 which was released to address the vision 2010 promises made by the politicians in power. Released at the tail end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010, the track talked about the failed promises that the government in power made about 2010.

  • Fela Anikulapo Kuti – Sorrow Tears and Blood 

Topping this list is Afro King legend Fena Anikulapo Kuti. Known for his fearlessness even in the military era Fela Anikulapo Kuti released a lot of tracks that addressed government ills, from Zombie to Sorrow tears and blood amongst other very great tracks that he recorded to address government ills. Sorrow Tears and Blood by Fela also talked  about the social ills and was

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