The controversy of whether or not the lyrics of Joey Bï¿½s ï¿½Tongaï¿½ hit song is sexually explicit seems not to go away, forcing the musician to explain for the umpteenth time that his song is a decent one.
ï¿½Tonga is a Twi word. It is not official but it is a Twi jargon and it means womanï¿½ it is not profane and does not have anything that is sexually suggestive. But it depends on your mind. For example if I say my pussy is wet, I may be talking about my pussy cat that is wet with water but someone may think about something else,ï¿½ Joey B noted on NEAT FMï¿½s Entertainment Ghana.
The musician insisted that if his song was sexually suggestive, there was no way it would have earned six nominations for this yearï¿½s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMAs).
Since Charter House ï¿½ organizers of the VGMAs ï¿½ included the ï¿½Tongaï¿½ song in their nomination list for this yearï¿½s edition, there have been several debates among the general public and pundits as to whether the song merits the nomination.
But speaking to Akwasi Aboagye on NEAT Fmï¿½s Entertainment Ghana, Joey B explained that ï¿½Tongaï¿½ is a Twi jargon which only means ï¿½womanï¿½.
ï¿½I studied English in school and I know my way around words. There is something in English called innuendoes, which is like playing around with words. Tonga is a Twi word. I heard it from one of our local movies. Like how we use the word ï¿½kalaï¿½ in Twi which means woman or girl, ï¿½Tongaï¿½ means the same,ï¿½ Joey B stated.
According to him, ï¿½If everybody sings about a woman and uses the word ï¿½womanï¿½, and I can do it differently by spicing it up with the word, ï¿½Tongaï¿½ then I think Iï¿½m being creative.ï¿½
ï¿½So basically the ï¿½Tongaï¿½ song is about a woman. The word ï¿½Tongaï¿½ only means woman,ï¿½ he added.
Joey B, also known as Darryl Bannerman-Martin has been around the entertainment circles for close to three years with three hit singles ï¿½ ï¿½Strawberry Gingerï¿½, ï¿½Cigaretteï¿½ and ï¿½Tongaï¿½- to his name.
He has been nominated for the New Artiste of the Year, Hiplife/Hip-Hop Artiste of the Year, Vodafone Song of the Year and Hiplife Song of the Year categories in the 15th edition of the VGMAs.
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