Internationally acclaimed hip hop group Dead Prez recently announced plans to make a song that would call for the lifting of the US-EU sanctions against Zimbabwe, as well as the US blockade on Cuba. En route to Washington DC, one of the group’s lyricists, brother Mutulu Olugbala whose stage name is M-1 gave The Herald’s US correspondent, Obi Egbuna (OE) an exclusive interview and shared the reasons behind the decision for a song focusing on both Zimbabwe and Cuba.
OE: Brother Mutulu, thank you for granting The Herald this interview. Could we begin by having you share the reason for doing a song concerning US-EU sanctions on Zimbabwe and the US blockade on Cuba?
M-1: In the case of Zimbabwe, the US-EU sanctions are approaching 10 years very rapidly, and the monstrous US blockade on Cuba, is approaching 50 years old.
This tactic being used by our former colonial and slave masters to politically isolate countries and stifle their economic growth and ability to strengthen basic infrastructure is as destructive as war, military invasions (and) natural calamities like hurricanes and tornadoes. But (it) hasn’t received the same attention. We feel the US Government is extremely hypocritical when it labels both Zimbabwe and Cuba dictatorships, boldly claiming both countries deprive its people basic democratic freedoms.