Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni Raps for Re-Election
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is using hip-hop to grab the attention of young voters for the country's February election. As part of his re-election campaign, the 65-year-old, who has been president of the eastern African nation since 1986, released a rap song and accompanying video that is being played in clubs and on TV and radio.
Rap lyrics usually talk about the struggle from the streets to the high life, and Museveni's verse translates with a similar message, but with some cultural differences. Although it is not the country's primary tongue, the song -- 'You Want Another Rap' -- is sung mostly in the Ugandan language of Runyankore. The Associated Press translates the lyrics as: "Harvesters ... gave me millet, that I gave to a hen, which gave me an egg, that I gave to children, who gave me a monkey, that I gave to the king, who gave me a cow, that I used to marry my wife."
His style is more of an amateur song-speak, and the AP story points out that Ugandan citizens think Museveni should be concentrating more on changes to Uganda's infrastructure than rapping. But there is no denying it, hip-hop seems to be finding its way to the podium all over the world. In the U.S., will.i.am is working on an Obama 2012 re-election track, while Wyclef Jean attempted to use music in his short-lived bid for President of Haiti. Take a listen to Museveni's 'You Want Another Rap' below.