“Sarkodie’s Brown Paper Bag song is useless” - Asamoah-Baidoo
Pundit suggests that the song be used to cook corn instead.
Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo, the experienced entertainment pundit has asserted that critics of Sarkodie’s ‘Brown Paper Bag’ have their priorities wrong.
They should not question if the song is dance-worthy but should rather enquire about the relevance of the song against racism in a country that is crippled by coronavirus.
This comes after Asem said on social media: “if you’re doing a song of this magnitude that you want to preach whatever message you want to preach, make sure the song is danceable because African people if they cannot dance to it, they don’t want it.”
But making a submission on GhanaWeb TV’s Bloggers’ Forum, Asamoah-Baidoo said the arguments of Asem was farfetched. According to him, the song's significance in Ghana should be debated and nothing more.
“If Sarkodie were to be an American or a hip-hop artist and had released the song at the time that a lot of protests were going on, it would have made a lot of sense and quite be impactful,” he told host Abrantepa. “In Ghana, we’re fighting coronavirus; there is little or no engagement on the protest and call for equality so if you release such a song, then what? That’s the point they fail to realize.”
However, Gabriel Myers in his article titled ‘#BrownPaperBag: Where Sarkodie and M.anifest fail us’, argued that although Sarkodie and M.anifest need to be commended for the collaboration, the longevity of the song will suffer because it was not ensconced in more galvanizing rhythm.
“Sadly, no matter how pertinent “Brown Paper Bag’s” subject matter is, there’s the tendency that it will be forgotten in a few months. Why? It arrives in the sort of hip-hop that even hip-hop heads may deem dutiful, hence its reach is instantly restricted.
"Bereft of hooks, the instrumentation of the song is crafted with chords that fend off dance; instead inducing a frightful, contemplative atmosphere complete with doomy humming and the blast of gunshots. Insofar as this facilitates the discussion it hosts, it is fit for purpose. After all, this is not a forum for the fainthearted,”
Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo continued “It has nothing to do with the danceable nature of the song. Again, if he had released this song in America, clearly people would have protested with the song because it speaks to what is transpiring in that sector. But if you release this song in Ghana, would we use it to cook corn or what?”
Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo just seems to not agree with Myers and Asem, but what do you think?