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Barima Sidney issues apology to John Mahama over ‘Papa No’ song misinterpretation

Veteran Ghanaian musician Barima Sidney has publicly apologized to former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Flagbearer John Dramani Mahama for a controversial song he released in the past.

The song, titled ‘Papa No,’ was created by Sidney before the 2020 general elections to reflect prevalent social media trends at the time. However, the musician expressed regret that some individuals misunderstood his intentions and wrongly associated the song with targeting Mahama, who was linked to the term ‘Papa No.’

Speaking during an interview on JoyPrime TV, Sidney clarified that his original aim was not to harm or target the ex-president with the song. He explained that the inspiration for the track came from social media discussions involving well-known personalities Gloria and Tracy, and he released the song based on these conversations.

Although Sidney did not specifically target anyone in the song, certain individuals combined clips of Mahama with his music for their own purposes, leading to a misunderstanding.

The musician took the opportunity to apologize to Mahama for any unintended consequences that arose from the song’s reception and its association with political figures.


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