Fuse ODG turned down a call by Bob Geldof to feature on the new version of the Band Aid single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” but the project generated its fair share of controversy after some musicians turned down the call to feature on the project and Fuse ODG is one of such artistes.
Reacting to the issue on Zylofon 102.1 FM’s ‘Showbiz Agenda’ with Arnold Mensah Elavanyo he explained that, “Band Aid Project is a charity project that gets together with different world class artistes so it is like one of the biggest platforms for any charity project and as an artiste I was excited to be part of it but as one of the pioneers of the movement, the leader of New Africa I could not endorse that kind of project that portrays Africa in a negative sense hence decided not to be a part of it.
This is definitely an opportunity that you should not turn down but you look at it from the movement point of view and decide to do the right thing in life. Looking at the kind of person I am and wanting to tell the truth about Africa, I couldn’t have been part of it. Africa means a lot to me than music.”
Born Nana Richard Abiona, he’s a talented producer and rapper, and has been an active influence in helping young people in his local communities realize their musical aspirations through a mobile studio. In conjunction with this, he helped found the TINA (This Is New Africa) movement that set out to encourage Africans to use their skills in rebuilding their communities and take pride in their cultural heritage.