Ghanaian Highlife musician Ben Brako has responded to critics over semi-nude photos of him and his wife shared widely on social media in 2018.
The lovely couple released a seductive shoot of themselves half-nude in a warm hug with their most vital parts only covered by a colourful African cloth.
Reacting to the semi-nude photos of themselves, The ‘Etue’ hit singer in an interview with Kasapa Fm’s Kojo Preko Dankwa on Kasapa Entertainment, said many critics vilified him for posting his wife’s nudity to stay relevant with his music career.
Justifying his like for such nudity which society frowns on in this dispensation, Brako indicated that he is comfortable with it because their half-nude photos were inspired by tradition.
Making reference to the popular DIPO rite, a Ghanaian traditional festival celebrated by the people of Odumase in the Eastern region of Ghana, the celebrated icon said he grew up in various places in Ghana where most women are seen with their breast uncovered and part of their bodies covered with a piece of cloth.
According to him, showing certain parts of their body signify how one should appreciate and respect women and not look at them with disdain.
“Actually the semi-nude picture was inspired by tradition. I remember growing up in various places and you will find out that people live freely especially you will see women dress with their breast hanging and part of their body is covered with a thin cloth. We grow up with this kind of traditional way of dressing respecting women. It is nothing strange.
“A bit of nudity doesn’t hurt but there is a difference between going semi-nude and going all nude. There is a tasty way of doing things because we are so close to nature. I try to do something very tasteful and I’m happy that a lot of people appreciate it and a lot are insulting and abusive about it as if that is what makes a person’s character but in reality, how you live your life determines what kind of a person you are.
“My wife and I always take memorable and meaningful pictures. I posted one of my wife’s pictures which was so nice and the reaction from a critic was that I’m using my wife’s nakedness to further my music career but I have no problem about that.” Ben Brako told Kojo Preko Dankwa on Kasapa Entertainment
Ben Brako was born on 20 May 1952 in Accra, Ghana and took an active interest in the music and entertainment world at a very young age and yet he is one of the few musicians who took his education very seriously.
He had his secondary education at St Augustine’s College in Cape Coast. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Agric Economics from the University of Ghana and also obtained a B.A. (Hons) in Media Communication Studies from the University of East London (1994).
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