A-Plus

Kwame Asare Obeng, aka A-Plus, who has been described by many music fans as a controversial hiplife artiste, has denied rumours that he has endorsed the presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama.

A-Plus, who first made a name for himself singing about events before and after Ghana?s 2000 general elections, told BEATWAVES in a chat that a number of friends have been calling to find out from him whether he has endorsed John Mahama.

He declared he has not endorsed John Mahama for the 2012 elections and will never endorse him.

When asked whether he had been poached by the NDC to campaign for John Mahama, A-Plus quickly replied, ?No one has poached me to campaign for NDC and John Mahama. I have never taken money from the NDC. My brother, if I had taken money it will reflect for you to see. I will not do that.?

The controversial hiplife artiste who released his first controversial album, ?Freedom of Speech I? during the 2000 elections with the hit track ?Mesuro Mpo Na Merekeka Yi O? (literally meaning though I am afraid of what I am saying, I am saying it anyway), maintained that he still supports Nana Akufo-Addo and nothing can make him change his mind.

A-Plus, who has a lot of socially conscious songs pitting him against the likes of Sidney, Obrafour among others, late last year announced his decision not be part of Nana Akufo-Addo?s 2012 campaign team to enable him focus on his projects.

After J.A. Kufuor took over the mantle of power from J.J. Rawlings in 2001, A-Plus released ?Freedom of Speech II,? which criticized the wrongdoings of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government and implored them to do better, lest they got voted out of power in the next election (2004).

The NPP won another term in office, but that did not prevent A-Plus from releasing ?Agye Gon? -analyzing the 2004 campaign promises, etc.

He presented autographed copies of his album, which had the controversial song, ?Letter to Parliament? to the Speaker of Parliament to enable each Member of Parliament have a personal copy. The song has, supposedly, brought him death threats.

By George Clifford Owusu

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