Takun J: Blending Art and Politics

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Jonathan ‘Takun J’ Koffa, commonly known as Takun J, a Liberian Hip-Co rapper, activist and the anti-corruption ambassador for the Accountability Lab has just astonished the Liberian community with his political stance for wanting to be the next District 15 Representative.

“We don’t have any politician who we can trust that is for the people and helping the people. I know I can speak out for the people and help my people if I become representative, just as I am doing now,” he shared with our LIB Life reporter.

Takun J quite recently did a song called ‘They lied,’ one of the most politically motivated songs that has ever come out of Liberia, describing the ills in Liberia’s society and how lawmakers lack in the ‘promises’ they made to the people that got them voted in.

“They screwed us/they abused us/”

This song was made not long after he was allegedly punched in the eye and manhandled by District 6 Representative, Edwin Snowe, who Nora Rahimian, Takun J’s manager and friend, described as being a un-just act on the lawmaker’s side.

“The corruption in Liberia is very high as much as he wanted to take it through the right channels, to make sure that this culture of impunity is being challenged in Liberia, we were threatened. The police refused to follow up on the case and the lawyer wasn’t able to follow up on the case. Sometimes we should be able to say we have to fight it through the legal system and Takun continues to fight it and think about it through his music; unfortunately justice wasn’t able to be served in the way that it should have been,” Nora highlighted on LIB Life’s late night with lady Emotionz on Hottfm 107.9

According to Nora, after the initial assault, the duo literally ran straight to the media because they ‘knew’ the police and government would try to hide it.

“If this is what they’ll do to me, imagine what they have already done to other people who don’t have the power, the voice, or the access to media?” he asked.

For Takun J, it was very important to speak on it through his music, because he thinks it is happening not only to him, but the corruption and impunity is affecting everybody.

“With or without me, Takun will always speak on the side of justice; he’ll always be an advocate, a spokesperson for equal rights, human rights and gender rights. If I can help him get that message further, absolutely,” Nora added.

Meanwhile, believe it or not, art and politics have always been lovers, in a sense, the perspective of protests where music is used and political campaigns where again music is used to engage the minds of those who Liberia sees as its people.

Art, music to be precise, is a tunnel between the truth and what could one day happen in someone’s life; lyrics helps one understand it fully, hear how it is dealt with and how the artist dealt with it. And like politics, art is life saving, and can help during emotional situations, like what we saw Ebola songs do for Liberia during the Ebola epidemic; they saved lives.

The fact of the matter is, Takun J has for so many years preached and advocated; that he has led so many people, organizations, and leaders from around the world into the light of knowing what is really taking place in the lives of the vulnerable. Him becoming Representative will not only allow him to get further help for the millions of followers who depend on his music to be their voices, but could create something that the entire music industry looks up to as art; and the evolution of art education.

Entertainment in Liberia has become a valuable part of Liberia’s society, with over 40% of its citizens still unable to read, they get messages and updates through songs and music that helps keep them feeling like a part of their country. The role of artists in Liberia have become political, the people depend on them to tell them what to do.

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