Last week a group of musicians broke into the studio of a popular radio in Burkina Faso and beat up the main DJ for not playing enough local music.
They wanted the radio to play mostly music made by local musicians.
Such an event won’t happen in Togo.
During the last 15 years, the Togo artists had been so creative and productive that you barely hear foreign music in our clubs or radios. African music is now making over 90% of playtime except mid-day music which is still dominated by old French music of 80s.
What is even exceptional in the case of Togo is that the music is exclusively in our local languages. An artist would look like a loser if he or she would sing in colonial languages like French or English.
I could say here with pride that the first independence of my country is in musical independence. Our music had been freed from colonial structures, and hopefully other areas of our life would follow.