Benazir Bhutto's Daughter Raps Her Grief



As reported by Reuters yesterday and again in the NY Times Bakhtawar Bhutto, the 18-year-old daughter of the assassinated former prime minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, “has written a rap song expressing her anguish” over the murder of her mother just over a year ago. The song, entitled “I Would Take the Pain Away,” and a five-minute video of clips and photographs of Benazir Bhutto has been broadcast on the state-run Pakistani television (posted below).

From the Times: Information Minister Sherry Rehman, for years an aide to Bhutto, said Bakhtawar, a student at Britain’s Edinburgh University, wrote the lyrics and music. “It’s a tribute of a grieving daughter to her iconic and loving mother,” Rehman told Reuters on Monday.

The lyrics, delivered by Ms. Bhutto in English with the words scrolling across the video, describe the song as dedicated to “my mother, shot in the back of your ear / legendary leader / murdered / legendary mother / She got crazy courage / Dear Mom / crazy intelligence / if you can hear me, I’ve got a few things / no one can replace you / I never got the chance to say, but if I could have / Yo, yo….”

It's actually not half bad. Given the circumstances, we'll even cut her some slack for the lazy way she delivers the word "comprehend."




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Benazir Bhutto's Daughter Raps Her Grief