Well, this track might not be as positive-minded as the other songs in the African Music for Peace-Series. It’s actually a sad song. In ‘Tears for Naija‘ (prod. by Sammy Gyang) Nigerian artist Ice Prince Zamani‘s translates the anger and frustration about Nigeria’s deteriorating security crisis into a song and reflective questions about his mother country. By asking “Now, tell me why you kidnap my sister?”, he confronts the Boko Haram sect, which abducted more than 200 girls from a Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
But he is not pointing with a finger at one particular group of people. His lament remembers the relatively peaceful times Nigeria used to experience in the 1990’s and asks his country what has happened: “My beautiful Nigeria, me na get you no more … I used to know peace, love, harmony”. Although Ice Prince’s voice sounds sorrowful it still shows signs of hope.
Note: Just five days after Ice Prince released this track Jos, the town where he was raised, experienced twin bomb blasts that left more than one hundred people dead.
You may download the track for free via soundcloud.