Spearheading An African Rap Music Revolution: Mr. Smith Leads A Hip Co Assault To Shine A Global Spotlight On The Stark Realities Of Life For The African Masses
By Moco McCaulay
REVOLUTION is a word that has been bandied about by more than its fair share of malevolent interlopers so much so that nowadays, besides provoking a dismissive shrug of the eyebrows, it stirs nary an attention when it is mentioned.
And, in Africa especially, revolution has meant nothing more than the violent usurping of one corrupt regime for another without any improvement in the lives of the continent’s poverty-stricken masses.
That notwithstanding – and whether you’re ready or not – Rokenzy G. Smith is bent on inciting another African revolution!
But, before you be tempted to also give him an eyebrow shrug, his is a different kind of revolution. It is an African Music Revolution channeling the struggles and aspirations, and joys and pains of a generation of disenfranchised young Africans who have literally been caught between a rock and a hard place: war on the one hand and peace reeking with the vile stench of pervasively corrupt governments on the other.
By Moco McCaulay
Notwithstanding 9 years of peace, Liberia is a nation still struggling to recover from 14 years of a brutal civil war, which ended in 2003. Over 250,000 persons died in the country’s brutal civil war, which gained international notoriety for the pervasive use of child soldiers by all sides involved in the conflict.
As the Liberian people now struggle to find meaningful reconciliation and to overcome their nation’s bloody fratricidal past, this is a story about one former Liberian warlord personal efforts to build up lives after destroying so many others, as he attempts to reconcile his brutal past in his poverty-stricken nation.
Click on the image below to watch a short movie about his efforts to do some good in his nation.