Highlife legend, Ben Brako has hit back at critics who expressed disappointment at him for posting semi-nude pictures with his wife on social media.
According to him, he has always loved natural poses so he decided to go semi-nude with his wife to portray Ghana’s rich “heritage in a tasty setting”.
Social media users were on Saturday stunned when the lovely couple released semi-nude photos of themselves cladded in beads and African cloth hugging.
The post was widely criticized by Ghanaians who believe the highlife legend should have set a good example for the youth to emulate.
However, the unperturbed 66years old musician, took to his facebook wall to explain the rationale behind the post.
He said the post was due to a suggestion from someone who felt he was exploiting the feminism of his wife, after he posted a beautiful picture of his wife in a classy traditional pose.
“Seems some people have not followed the sequence of events that led to me posting a picture of me and my wife in an intimate pose. First I posted a beautiful picture of my wife in a classy traditional pose. Somebody suggested that I was like exploiting the feminism of my wife and that I should post a shot of myself in a similar setting,” he explained.
According to him, he obliged because he “wanted it known that I’m comfortable in myself to project images that reflect my heritage in a tasty setting. Let me be clear.”
“In an era where we’re so mixed up in our mentality that we accept English as our national language, where our national anthem is an English song with English lyrics, where our people are obliged to dress like foreigners to work and play, it is important that someone stands up to declare that our heritage and culture have an important place in our national discourse and should have the pride of place in our lives. This I’m doing in my own unobtrusive way which I’m very comfortable with,” He continued.
Ben Brako is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern highlife and also one of the forefathers of popular Ghanaian cultural music.
He is known for hit songs like ‘Pe Pee Pe’, ‘Anokum’, ‘Wiase’, ‘Adande’, ‘Batampa’, ‘Siwdu’, ‘Etuei’ and many others.
By: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum