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“Gambian rapper Killa Ace joins the “Bring back our girls’ call”

Gambia`s hip hop head, Killa Ace a.k.a Bondeyii has joined the call for the freedom of the abducted Nigerian girls by the so-called Islamic militants, Boko Haram. The Gambian rapper is possibly the first musician in the world to create a song about this incident, a move which is highly hailed by music lovers, advocates and both the local and international press, including BBC and Radio Canada International.

The song, named ‘Bring Back Our Girls’, got over 1000 plays on SoundCloud in just 24 hours after it was released. The move, according music pundits, will far in raising awareness about the situation of the girls and equally raise Killa Ace’s profile as a musician.

Over 200 Nigerian school girls were kidnapped last month from their boarding school in Chibok by Boko Haram and are suspected to be deep in Nigeria's Northeastern Sambisa Forest, officially a game reserve but long a redoubt for smugglers and criminals hiding in its dense and thorny scrub.

Speaking to this paper, Killa Ace said the inspiration came from the abduction of the innocent girls who should be in school instead of being captured. He described the incident as ‘not tolerable’, saying it is something that should not continue. “As an artist who should speak sense and be the voice of the people, I decided to do a song about it. I don’t have a gun to go and attack Boko Haram, so my only bullet is my music and that’s why I do a song to condemn the incident,” said Ace. According to him, the song may not have a very influential impact on the activities of Boko Haram but will go a long way in sensitizing the people and ruling out that Islam is a violent religion. He said the song clearly sends an alarm to Boko Haram and other groups alike to make a U-turn and live a decent live. The tune also dilated extensively on the protection and empowerment of women and children.

Killa Ace, who recently dropped his new album, expressed delight and thanked all those who contributed in appreciating and sharing the initiative.

He is currently gearing up for a mega international hip hop festival in Dakar next month where he will officially represent The Gambia for the second time consecutively.

Click on the following link to listen to the " Bring back our girls" song

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