Hip life artiste Gasmilla has disclosed his political status as non- partisan and does not indulge in politics, saying he will not make any monetary demands on any political party that decides to use his songs to prosecute its campaign.
Ghana goes to the polls on December 7, 2016, to elect a new president and 275 lawmakers for a four-year term, and it is common practice for politicians to draw upon hit songs to drive their campaign.
Already, dancehall king Shatta Wale’s Mahama Paper has been latched on by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for its 2016 push to get President John Mahama re-elected, while Lucky Mensah has also composed Y? Se Sa Mu for the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) as the party, led by Nana Akufo-Addo, bids to wrest power from the incumbent NDC.
Other artistes including Daddy Lumba, Kwabena Kwabena, Obaapa Christy, A-Plus, and Mzbel have either composed campaign songs for political figures or had their songs adopted for electioneering purposes by political parties.
But when the International Fisherman, was asked where his political allegiance lies and whether he would agree to a party using his song to prosecute its campaign, Gasmilla told DJ Premier last Saturday on Entertainment Capital show on Accra FM, that he is politically neutral and does not belong to any party or indulges himself in politics.
“I don’t mind where my songs are played because I did it for everybody and I believe my franchise belongs to me and whoever I choose to vote for is my decision”. He emphasized.
“I do music for people who could either belong to the NDC or NPP – those are my people, those are my family. Ghanaians are my family and I love Ghana. I don’t care who takes it but I am not going to take money from any political party.” He reiterated.
According to him, the NPP still plays one of his songs and has even gone ahead to make a video of it but would not sue them since music is made to be enjoyed and people are free to use music in whatever way it appeals to them.
Gasmilla has several hit songs to his credit including Telemo, Abooo Dan Toi, Three Points, and his latest single, China.