♪♫ Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni raps his way to election
Stand back, Kanye, a new star is rising. Yoweri Museveni, the 65-year-old president of Uganda, has decided to reach the youth vote through a medium they'll understand: rap. Inspired by a young voter, Museveni allowed his voice to be recorded and set over a simple beat while chants of "ah" and "oh" play in the background. A rather simplistic video accompanies the song, with Museveni shyly asking from a podium, "You want another rap?"
Museveni has led the country for 24 years during a period of relative stability. His winning the next election is seen as a foregone conclusion. The Wall Street Journal reports, though, that the song has injected a new excitement into the race.
In a written essay about his rap, titled "The Confluence Between the New and the Indigenous," he talks about how he hopes to honor ancestral music with the young style of music. His first song uses a traditional children's rhyme that talks about the taste of buffalo meat, trading cows for wives, and sons exacting vengeance for their fathers.
| January 7, 2011; 8:06 AM ET
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