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Native Sun by Blitz the Ambassador

Native Sun (2011) was my favorite album from Blitz the Ambassador. I love how well Blitz combined all different music types in his songs. It is mix of Afro-beat, funk, rap, blues, and soul. These variety of sounds together contribute to the greatness of Native Sun. Also, Blitz adds guest artist like Chuck D, Corneille, Les Nubians, his band Embassy Ensemble and many more. Throughout the album Blitz the Ambassador alternates between his native language Twi and English. This has given the audience a glimpse of the Ghanaian culture.

In Native Sun, Blitz the Ambassador speaks about his immigration experience as a successful journey. The chorus of track 10, “Victory”, states “it ain’t where your from, it’s where your at”, this shows that no matter what kind of lifestyle an individual has grown up in that they can still be victorious. Even though Blitz was born in Accra, Ghana he hasn’t based his future on where he grew up but he has based his success on what he is doing now.

Blitz the Ambassador describes the hardships that African immigrants have faced in Track 11 titled “Native Sun”. Most Africans want to immigrate to the United States to escape their lifestyle and to establish a better life for themselves and their family back home. He states “we were all looking for a way out, across the border, lining up for visas like sheep to the slaughter”. Blitz addresses that life in the United States is more difficult than people think. In the song he tells of children who go to school and get teased for being African. Also how African immigrants send money back to family members in Africa. African immigrants trying to make it in America will always be light to those natives back in Africa and that’s why Blitz calls himself and other immigrants native suns.

From the beginning of the album to the very end of it, Blitz the Ambassador represents Accra, Ghana and Africa in all of his songs. This is the most I have heard him speak about his country and that’s why I love the album so much. He really opens up and let his audience take a journey through his native country with his lyrics and music type. In “Accra City Blues”, Blitz tries to find answers about what is happening to his hometown and where did all the things he remembered about her go. Although he left Accra he will always remember the memories he established their and he will continue to represent Ghana to the fullest. In track 2 titled “Dear Africa”, it’s a letter to Africa, telling Africa about all the things that are associated with her. Blitz debunks the labels that society places on Africa, he states “all the stereotypical narratives describing you, if they ever meet you I bet you its undisputable the way you shine so black so beautiful”. He states issues that are going on in Africa and how they must be heartbreaking for her to see the corruption throughout the continent.

One political topic Blitz the Ambassador talks about is the mentality of the African government and how the system forces it one its citizens. In track 7 “Free Your Mind”, Blitz speaks about deep issues that are going on in Africa today and how the people of Africa need to get rid of that old mindset. When decolonization of Africa took place, people still thought they were in bondage. Blitz states ““What ever they do, we do, Whatever they think, we think, It’s so insane how the richest continents got most of the poor people, They pillage us and wonder why we all not equal.” Blitz suggest that only Africans can save themselves from this mindset, they can’t keep letting their government control their mind.

To conclude this amazing album, in “Ex-itrance” Blitz the Ambassador tells his audience that those people who have immigrated to a different country are all bright lights to their family and  friends back at home.

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