As Reuters reported yesterday, Bakhtawar Bhutto, the 18-year-old daughter of the assassinated former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, “has written a rap song expressing her anguish” over the murder of her mother just over a year ago.
The song, entitled “I Would Take the Pain Away,” and a five-minute video of clips and photographs of Benazir Bhutto has been broadcast on the state-run Pakistani television and posted on the video-sharing website YouTube.
Information Minister Sherry Rehman, for years an aide to Bhutto, said Bakhtawar, a student at Britain’s Edinburgh University, wrote the lyrics and music.
“It’s a tribute of a grieving daughter to her iconic and loving mother,” Rehman told Reuters on Monday.
The lyrics for the rap song, delivered by Ms. Bhutto in an overlapping, multi-layered style, and scrolling across the video, describe the song as dedicated to “my mother, shot in the back of your ear — legendary leader — murdered — legendary mother — She got crazy courage — Dear Mom — crazy intelligence — if you can hear me, I’ve got a few things — no one can replace you — I never got the chance to say, but if I could have — Yo, yo….”
The Guardian’s Saeed Shah in Islamabad notes that
(Thanks to VF Daily for the link to YouTube.)
The Pakistan People’s party, which was led by Benazir Bhutto, made clear that Bakhtawar did not plan a career in music.
She has not, however, ruled out following her mother into the country’s politics.