July 11th, 2008
03:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama's Caribbean appeal


Watch how Obama is a hit in the Caribbean.

(CNN) - Barack Obama's political reach extends further than you think.

We’ve all seen and heard the Obama-inspired You Tube music videos - “Yes We Can” and “I Got A Crush On Obama” - that became instant Internet hits on You Tube. But now Obama is pulling in even more support, some say from an unlikely audience…Caribbean crooners.

Artists from Jamaica and Trinidad are spitting out new tunes and making a splash across the Caribbean with their political statements endorsing the Democratic presidential nominee. Jamaican musician, Cocoa Tea, sings about “Painting the Whitehouse Black” in his song “Barack Obama,” with lyrics like "Keep your eyes on the prize. Obama! Cause now enough of them a realize. The black man is in their eyes."

Cocoa Tea, who is about to begin a reggae for Obama world tour told CNN, "People really are crying out. They need to see a change in Washington...whatever happens in Washington have an impact on the whole wide world."

Other artists, like Mighty Sparrow, are also using their songs to sound off about the U.S. election. Sparrow sings about the war, congressional scandals, and Obama’s vision in his song, “Barack the Magnificent.”
Political observers say these songs aren’t just entertainment, they shape the views of communities with their pulse on U.S. affairs.

Politico.com reporter Daniel Reilly says don’t, "underestimate the importance of these songs as social commentary throughout these islands. Not only are they on the radio but people are discussing them, there are newspaper editorials about them”.

Reilly says this shows Obama is on the minds of many.

With songs like these generating heavy traffic on You Tube, Reilly says this type of political expression can only help generate interest and excitement among a new generation of voters.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rave

    Mr. Obama is a hit everywhere in the world.. US, Canada, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, Russia
    Mr. McPain is a super hit in Middle East.. they want dumb people like him – so they can have more wars that benefit them
    OBAMA (2008 -16)

    July 11, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  2. rosalynneus

    They see better than the Americans. They see him for what he is and they like that. They like Castro, they like Iran's President, they like the muslums, they like Obama.

    July 11, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. RJ, CA

    Sorry - I don't have a crush on Obama. I'm a sane person!

    Work - Succeed - Be Happy!

    July 11, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  4. Jeronimo

    Stupid... Stupid... Stupid!

    Some of these are the same people who hailed Ras Tafari (Once Emperor of Ethiopia) as God.

    I can appreciate their pride, but wish they would be less intrepid in their support.

    This is about progressive and inspired ideas that lead to unity not observations of his color that may only divide.

    July 11, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  5. Venus

    That's our MAN! Way to go Bam!

    The world is going to love ya!

    July 11, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  6. Jennifer

    This goes to show that Obama has unviversal appeal. The should be a qualification for the leader of the free world.

    July 11, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    Just another example of what McAncient and Hillary lack, broad, worldwide appeal. Having a world that actually likes our next President is paramount in achieving our goals and commitments outside of the USA. No Middle Eastern country would ever take Hillary seriously, and nobody in general takes McCain seriously. Put a respected President (ala Obama) in the Whitehouse, end an illegal war that's costing billions, and the world takes note, the dollar gets stronger, and prices for everything becomes affordable again.

    July 11, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  8. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    They must be dreaming. But then again, Obama is a dreamer....just let him dream. He could use their music to get high.

    July 11, 2008 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  9. Susan

    I'm sorry but no one should take anything from the behavior of carribbean nations. Most are tiny, very poor, and corrupt. Not a good connection to draw for any politician. I lived down there for years and it's pretty backwards – I'm a democrat – I know it's not pc but it's true.

    July 11, 2008 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  10. Kingslough NY.

    I got a crush on OBAMA!

    July 13, 2008 06:47 am at 6:47 am |