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Sunday, 22 October 2017

Nigeria's Music Industry and Her meaningless Lyricists

Writes; Gabriel Wisdom (Wheelzcoded)

I have been propell lamto write on this for long, but sometimes now; but maybe maybe couldn't because I haven't gathered the real details I needed to know before the write-ups.

So, today, with all due respect, I have confidently thought of this, and just decided to take a shot with my pen.

Recently, the reports that Nigerian Broadcasting Channel (NBC) banned some top ranked songs by popular music artists to be played on air  due to their lyrical contents is no news.

DMW's frontline act, Davido's "If" and "Fall" which got every tongue (no matter the age difference ) singing and mimicking to the lyrics whenever they are being played. Also, 9ice's "living things" were among the songs banned from airplays.

Couple of times, we, the fans have often been hit by the news of songs being banned from airplays either due to the lyrical contents or display of sexuality in their videos.

But, it surprises me how much of western our Song-Writers have gone .. I mean, what happened to the old good days of quality lyrical contented sounds? Why are our artistes so much spill out Parental-Advisory songs. Are we the fans to be blamed?

I recall, on a very good evening, i tuned in my Music Player,and just decided to stream some oldies by late Oliver de Koque, King Sunny Ade and our very oen legendary hip hop act, 2Face: To my greatest feelings, the kind of sounds can not die because they have got good and healthy lyrics.

Currently, Indigenous Rapper,Olamide dropped a song titled "Wo". At first, i didnt want to be quick judging, so i decided to make some enquires from some Yoruba friends since naturally i am not one and also struggling to understand the South-Western Language.
After some enquires, the guys told me the lyrics makes no sense since its vulgar and unhealthy for the public.

But, yet again, despite the derailment of good lyrics, this song still made it to the hearts of the public.

Have we the fans settled our love for music and adapted to these meaningless lyricists?

These days, if i am not busy writing good songs, i am either in the Studio watching and trying to see if i could mine some lyrics from other airtistes, but lo and behold, I can't even get a quality line.
So, I confronted them, most of them replied same "Guy,if you don't want to be a poor musician, you better stop this quality lyrics stuff of yours and engage a producer to give you a beat, then smoke to get some inspiration and just sing anything as long as you flow with the best. This is the new way of doing music in Nigeria".

Omg!!!!.... I somewhat doubted them, not untill a song by Ghanian Artistes, Patapaa and Ras Cann titled "One Corner" dropped, the rate at which it is growing is astonishing because this song lack quality contents . But who am I to walk into the hearts of people to speak to them we need to return to our roots, our first love of quality lyrics.

These kind of songs won't reign beyond three months (maximum), but who cares as long as the Artiste has made his capital and profits.

Let's return to quality lyrics
Let's embrace quality lyrics
Because they are evergreen....



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