On Dizzee vs. Paxman

So I'm here in Accra basking in Obamania, simultaneously getting a little tired of all things American-election related (after all, we have our own in a month's time), and I came across this:


I'm a part-time fan of Dizzee's music - the guy's half-Ghanaian: how could I not be? - and I like the fact that he experiments with his sound and shows some growth from album to album: something rare in the British charts. I even think that he made a valid point or two, although I reckon Ty, Roots Manuva or Soweto Kinch, for example, might have made those points better.

The whole thing reminded me of this Dave Chappelle sketch though:


That said, it's a little unfair to disparage Dizzee over this. He's a musician who (looking at his some of his recent videos) has recently taken on the additional mantle of 'entertainer' and he did exactly that: entertained.

Or tried to.

It's not his fault the BBC chose him over, say, Henry Bonsu... who is also Ghanaian.

I'm just saying.