Music in Nigeria Today.
One cannot begin to over- emphasize the role music plays in an individual, a group of people, in happenings, at parties, and the society as a whole. It is so important and necessary, that every single person listens to at least a song each day, consciously or not. This is why they say music has a soul, it has its spirit, and its mind. No wonder you listen to a song sometimes, and the artiste seems to know everything going through your mind.
Over the years, however, quality in music has deteriorated in Nigeria, with the influx of young artistes, who can hardly differentiate between their left and right hands. “My lyrics do not have anything to do with me; they are basically for Nigerians to buy my songs”, a popular artiste stated in an interview with hip TV last week. How wrong! How improper! Do you sing because you want to get rich and famous real quick? Or because you want to grant interviews to TV and radio stations? It shouldn’t be. You should sing because you have something to share with the world. Something sparkling. Something worth sharing. Most artistes have no idea of quality, their rhymes are crappy, their mixing and mastering sucks, and their overall music just doesn’t sound professional. I mean, how do you explain Iyanya’s “from the bed to the bedroom?” or Koker’s “Askalavista, can I be friends with your sister?” How? Annoyingly, artistes who sing songs without substance are the most popular celebrities in Nigeria, while artistes with soul- searching, mind- throbbing messages, the likes of Timi Dakolo, Asa, Praiz, etc, are under- celebrated, or not celebrated at all.
Funny enough, Nigerian artistes who have British and American mentors forget that these mentors are successful because they do not sing with the sole aim of making money or making people to just dance. They sing songs of substance, songs with deep meanings. They are known all over the world- Sam smith, Adele, Meghan Trainor, Justin Bieber, etc. But Nigerian artistes are sadly more focused on money and fame, and they could only care less about what they put out as music. Now, don’t get me wrong, you should care about money fine, but don’t let it be your primary motive. They say the love of money is the root of evil. Why, apart from money and fame do you want to become an artiste? As a matter of fact, most of these artistes are school drop- outs, they are not graduates. So how can a drop- out write good lyrics?
The focus is that people need to learn that singing is not about having a sonorous voice, or being able to write good rhymes. Its a lot more than that. We can only hope the situation gets better, or by the next generation, music in Nigeria will command all sorts of social vices, sexual immoralities, and filthiness among the youth of the society.