- Sierra Leonean rapper Emmerson is very open about his views of the government
- He says that the presidential elections will give him new material and he knows that they are against him
- He speaks about real issues, no matter what party is in power
Emmerson Bockarie , a Sierra Leonean pop star, has always been in a negative space with government through his 15 year career. But that does not bother him, he laughs at the fact that politicians have tried to ruin his career.
"Politicians make mentions of my music on TV and radio. That means they hear the songs and are getting the message."
He is more widely known as "Emmerson", the Afrobeat singer of the Sierra Leone music scene. He is one of few rappers who have made a name by refusing to play political rallies or back a party.
The All Peoples' Congress (APC) goes against the opposition Sierra Leone Peoples' Party (SLPP) to elect a new president this week. Bockarie says that this should give him some new material against whom ever may win.
"I stand with the people; I am with the country. It makes no sense for me to belong to a political party."
He is fully aware of the dislike surrounding his music from government officials and he doesn’t care.
"I know there are propaganda machines out there organised by the government to go against my music on social media.”
"If I go into politics who would be doing what I'm doing? We need me."
His music has not always gathered positive responses and it is strongly based around very touchy issues, no matter who the ruling party may be.
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