Music Review: Serwa Akoto by YOM (Writer Poet)

This beautiful song is one of the projects I am most proud to have been a part of. Making timeless music is one of the reasons I believe I am here and this song is just that!

It was composed and recorded while I was in Accra last year and it addresses the epidemic of skin bleaching in our communities. Africans are blessed with beautiful dark skin but unfortunately some of us hate the color of our skin and use all sorts of skin products to be lighter in complexion. But just like Rapsody rapped on Kendrick Lamar’s song “Complexion”,

Black as brown, hazelnut, cinnamon, black tea
And it’s all beautiful to me

Call your brothers magnificent, call all the sisters queens
We all on the same team, blues and pirus, no colors ain’t a thing


I think too much attention is paid to complexion. What makes a person truly beautiful isn’t how light or dark their skin is and it sucks that people have used that as a yardstick to measure beauty for so damn long. I am very glad to be lending a voice on the issue and it is my hope that someone out there would listen to this song and decide to be comfortable in his or her God-given skin no matter what shade of brown it is.

(Please) Be sure to download/ stream and knowing what you think after hearing it would be awesome. Constructive criticism is also welcome. You can find the song on my Soundcloud or just Google “Yom ft. TarandBella Serwa Akoto”.

Happy listening!



Yom tackles the issue of skin bleaching on his latest poem Serwa Akoto

The name Serwa Akoto has somehow become synonymous to beauty thanks to the classic hit song Serwaa Akoto by the Yamoah International Band released in the 1970s. The name, based off the song title and lyrics, celebrated the beauty of Serwa Akoto. (Note: Serwa Akoto was a real individual resident at Dansoman, Akoko Foto).

The latest act to reference the name is Yom The Poet. His celebration of beauty carries a twist. YOM tackles the subject of how today’s generation perceive beauty: the adoration of light skin and the culture of skin bleaching (or is it toning). Through the character called Serwa Akoto, the ‘African Geisha’, Yom shares his views on this trend; exploring reasons behind it.

Featuring singers Tara and Bella, whose ballads and background harmonies are as ornate as Yom’s words, the two describe…

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