Ghanaian international music icon, Fuse ODG, continues his mission to change the perception of Africa and project what he terms, “The New African Nation”, an initiative he founded to rebuild the image of the African continent and the Diaspora. “We have to step up as a people, and that’s what we are doing. From changing people’s mentality, and taking action to create a better reality of that new African Nation,” says Fuse in an interview with Forbes. From his sophomore LP released last year, “New African Nation” which features Damian Marley, Ed Sheeran, and Steflon Don, to “Road To Ghana Album, Volume 1”, you can feel that Fuse expresses himself with an inner fire that clearly defines his motive to change the negative narrative about Africa.
Recently, he released a new joint, “Libation”, accompanied by stunning visuals that share a story about the history of Black people. Fuse takes us on a mystical journey into the past on a time voyage to discover our African heritage and shared ancestry. In Africa, and across the Diaspora, Libation is a sacred ritual performed to pay homage to the Creator, lesser spirits, and the ancestors. According to history, “the purpose of libation is to promote the cosmic order or oneness and balance of beings and things in the universe.” When performing this sacred ritual, any drinkable liquid (mostly liquor) is offered to acknowledge the existence of the “Supreme Being” and honor the lineage of our forefathers, whiles seeking their blessings for the generations to come.
On Libation, Fuse pays tribute to several celebrated heroes in Black history which includes, Ghana’s freedom fighter and first president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the brave Ashanti Warrior Queen, Yaa Asantewaa, Africa’s wealthy and powerful ruler, Mansa Musa, Okomfo Anokye, the Ashanti priest famous for his role in the expansion of the Ashanti Empire, Ethiopian emperor, Haile Selassie I, described as the defining figure in modern Ethiopian history, Marcus Garvey, founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League and American human rights activists, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr. Fuse’s music video for “Libation” ends with a controversial depiction where he burns a portrait of “The White Jesus Christ”
By Garvin Atee