- Rarara: A Political Singer Goes Beyond Poetic Licence
By Adamu Aminu.
In the realm of political satire and music, one name stands out: Dauda Adamu Kahutu Rarara. Known for his ability to entertain and provoke thought simultaneously, Rarara’s lyrics have often transcended the boundaries of poetic licence, entering the controversial territory of direct criticism, especially aimed at his ex-political masters.
This raises the question mark: can Rarara’s biting commentary be considered the mouth that bites the hands that fed it?
His journey in the world of political entertainment has been a rollercoaster ride, gaining both adoration and condemnation.
Rarara’s talent for composing catchy tunes, often laced with sharp and stinging words, has made him a household name. Yet, it is his willingness to criticise those who were once his patrons that sets him apart—the likes of some ex-Kano governors and the immediate former president.
In the world of politics, allegiances can be as fluid as the tides, and Rarara’s career mirrors this fluidity.
He has been closely associated with prominent political figures in the past, creating songs that praised and celebrated their leadership. However, with the same fervour he once praised them, he now critiques them.
The question of whether Rarara’s approach constitutes a “mouth that bites the hands that fed it” depends on one’s perspective.
Some argue that his willingness to criticise former political allies is an essential aspect of freedom of expression and a check on power.
Others view it as disloyalty and ingratitude.
Regardless of one’s stance on Rarara’s music, it is undeniable that he has become a significant player in the political landscape, using his lyrics to bring attention to issues that matter to the public.
In the realm of political satire, he walks a fine line, pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom while raising important questions about accountability in politics.
As Rarara continues to produce his politically charged music, he remains a polarising figure, with his songs igniting debates, discussions, and, undoubtedly, a good dose of toe-tapping and head-nodding among his listeners.
Whether he is a biting critic or a conscientious observer is a matter of perspective, but his impact on political discourse is undeniable.