“This is Barbados” (Official “This is America” “Bajan” Remix) by Jabari Browne includes lyrics about disease, “sewage in the streets,” and a government that “always betray us.”
This past May, in less than 30 days, the powerful “This Is America” video from Donald Glover (as Childish Gambino) was watched more than 215 million times on YouTube. Presenting a dark perspective on America today, it features indelible images of gun violence and references to racial profiling. The video became a planet-wide phenomenon, inspiring musicians around the globe to incorporate their own compelling imagery and lyrics about their country’s issues into stunning new versions of the music video. Here are some of the best:
“This is Africa (Ghana)” by Keddi addresses economic issues, including rising unemployment, inflation, and fraud.
“This is India” by Aditya Satwase feat. Omkar Kripal. Most of this video isn’t in English, but what is hits hard with the statement that in India, “We blame girls for rapes.”
“Chinese Gambino: This is Malaysia” by Jin Lim. A lighter touch, this parody focuses on Malaysian food and cultural diversity.
“This is Nigeria” by Falz draws attention to a lack of electricity, widespread criminality, and corrupt politicians.
“This is Sierra Leone” by Xzu B is crammed full of violent imagery: robbery, murder, and disease. And it calls out “fake” religion and lying politicians.
“This is South Africa” by Jovislash highlights violence against women and shares newspaper headlines, including one from 2017, proclaiming “63 women killed in 30 days in SA.”
“This is Uganda” by Ayvan Mvn calls out low wages that push people to commit crimes just to survive.