Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Bhutto’s Daughter Raps Her Grief

Bakhtawar Bhutto, at her mother’s grave in Pakistan on the first anniversary of her death, December 28, 2008. (Photo: Nadeem Soomro/Reuters)

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

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.

(Thanks to VF Daily for the link to YouTube.)

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