Wanlov the Kubolor released a fiery mixtape this week taking to task a variety of persons/systems producing repressive measures today in Ghana. The Corruption-Dumsor Mixtape is 19 tracks of compelling protest songs calling out pervasive government mismanagement, citizen apathy, and Christian fundamentalism in Ghana and elsewhere on the continent.
Curated by Wanlov, the album features a unique blend of top MCs including FOKN BOIS’ collaborator M3nsa, Sarkodie, Twi Teacher, Pappy Kojo, Looney the TKR, C-Real, E.L and 86emcee as well as poet Kwame Write and musicians Kyekyeku and EliMuzikGh, among others. Two of our personal favorites are Track #1, “CoRAPtion” featuring the indomitable Simpol Tinz and Track #19 where Wanlov incites melodic, acoustic rebellion in “Never Go Change.” This is by far the biggest wave of protest music Ghana has experienced in decades. The songs are energetic, confident, provocative and signal a thawing out of conservative action amongst young Ghanaians.
There’s been quite a bit of commentary on the ongoing energy crisis (by artists and young folks on social media) the country has been experiencing daily for the last 10-plus months. Overall, The Corruption-Dumsor Mixtape is a sincere reflection of how people in Ghana are grappling with ever-increasing levels of uncertainty and control over their lives and futures. This is definitely one of those albums you plug for everyday runs and long trips. Be sure to check it out and share with your peoples.