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The wisdoms of Akon

The Senegalese-American singer Akon may be a very talented musician, but he has terrible politics. And he likes to share them. Remember when George W Bush was still President in the United States and Akon opined to rap magazine, “The Source”: “… (Black people in the US) can nag about the president all they want and how the system is against black people, but if they saw how other people lived (in Africa) they would see how blessed they really are. All the decisions they think the government has made against black people really are for black people here.” He later defended Barack Obama against Lupe Fiasco’s criticisms of the President’s Middle Eastern policies. Then there was his association with the very unpopular Senegalese President, Abdoulaye Wade (who was eventually voted out) or the government of Gabon and that party anthem he wrote for Michael Bloomberg’s doomed presidential run.

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Dictators and Pop Stars

Yesterday pop star Nelly Furtado tweeted that she had performed privately for Gaddafi’s family, had earned US$1 million, but was feeling so bad that now she would donate the money…..

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Akon makes no sense

Some rappers should just stay away from politics. Take T-Pain’s endorsement of “a conversative [Republican] victory [in] 2010.” (If you forgot, watch Jay Smooth break down T-Pain’s nonsense here.) Then…..

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Africa Makes Some Noise

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Akon Deserves a Pepsi

Apparently the video for Pepsi’s “Oh Africa” commercial is the first 2010 World Cup commercial to go viral. (I’ve blogged about it here before.)  So much for Coke thinking its…..

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K’Naan and Akon have now produced versions of their World Cup songs for Coco Cola and Pepsi respectively. The transformation is complete. First Akon’s “Africa.”  It is not clear where that…..