The art of overcoming our rainbow consternation

Solomon Omogboye’s Resurgence is far more than merely a representation of the generic ‘African child’

2021-06-15 06:57:00 AM

Solomon Omogboye’s Resurgence is far more than merely a representation of the generic ‘African child’

Solomon Omogboye’s Resurgence is far more than merely a representation of the generic ‘African child’

ByChris ThurmanIn my misspent youth (misspent because I was far too responsible and well-behaved, whereas adolescence should entail at least a dose of recklessness, rebellion and sheer stupidity), I went through a phase of listening to Christian rock. It was anodyne stuff, often crossing over into the mainstream charts, and rarely concerned with the finer points of theology or politics or history.

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Much of it was forgettable, but some songs occasionally earworm their way up from the recesses of memory into my consciousness. One of these is Coloured People by multiple Grammy-winning trio DC Talk. In retrospect, the song might seem like a kind of antiracism lite, a variation on that bland universalist question: why can’t we all just get along? Yet, revisited about three decades after its release, the song’s basic conceit — that we are all “coloured people” — can be appreciated in more nuanced terms...

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