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Obama hugs Blakk Rasta in "moment of glory" 7/14/2009
It was an experience he had been yearning for, a moment his fans had been craving to witness – that time to meet with the first black president of the United States of America, Barack Obama.

Ghana’s Reggae music icon Blakk Rasta had a one-on-one interaction with the world’s most powerful man, he told Myjoyonline.

Blakk Rasta was among a cross-section of Ghanaians who had breakfast with Mr Obama at the Osu Castle Gardens on Saturday.

Certainly, the song that has given Blakk Rasta the thrust to that “moment of glory” – as he loves to describe it – is his popular Barack Obama track which topped the Reggae music charts across the continent in the lead up to the 2008 US presidential elections.

The song Barack Obama whose main refrain is a lyrical rendition of Mr Obama’s name, was the theme song for the occasion and had a way of staying in the heads of the visitors long after they had left, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

“This is a moment of glory, when your toil and hard work is rewarded,” Blakk Rasta told Myjoyonline of the song he says was By Divine Hand.

Mr Obama granted the Reggae musician and DJ at Multimedia Group a photo opportunity after a warm embrace.

“Thanks for that inspirational song. It urged me on to victory,” the US President is said to have told Blakk Rasta.

Blakk Rasta is hopeful, that another promise by Obama for the two to meet again, will come to pass.

Blakk Rasta received great international media attention during the visit of Obama, granting interviews to networks such as the VOA, German Television, CNN, the BBC and a host of others.

He has been doing music for years but the launch in 2000 of his album Rasta Shrine was what really launched him into the real stardom, he said.

Since then, Blakk has launched five more albums with his latest African Rebel making interesting inroads on the reggae music charts.

 
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