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“Nigerian Musicians Are Singing Meaningless Songs, They’re Sick & Need Mental Evaluation” – Etcetera

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“Nigerian Musicians Are Singing Meaningless Songs, They’re Sick & Need Mental Evaluation” – Etcetera

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July 25, 2015 – “Nigerian Musicians Are Singing Meaningless Songs, They Are Sick & Need Mental Evaluation” – Etcetera

“Shoki hey hey Shoki!” cries a voice from the radio to the beat of a nerve-wracking pandemonium that seems designed to drive you insane.

A quick flick of the dial and “Shakiti bobo” is playing. The worse thing is that the raucous noise emitted by the artiste is no match for the loud, odious din coming from the beat. The lyrics are completely lost – which may not be regrettable to some – but the whole tumult sounds more like bad static than music.
I tuned the dial again. This time it was Olamide screaming “VANESSA VANESSA.”

As the last strains of the song died away, the OAP cheerfully and enthusiastically breaks in, “Yes, that’s for all you listeners out there. That’s the way we do it right here at your cool station. We personalise our playlist to make you feel cool.”

Cool kor, cooler ni…. I felt like telling the OAP that his choice of songs made me feel SICK.
This is simply today’s Nigerian music! Something is terribly WRONG with it! Yet millions around the country – especially the young people – listen to it by the hour. WHY?

What is there about this music that is so gripping? How can something so meaningless hold millions under its spell? Why does it serve as a common denominator – as “the tie that binds” – for so many youths?
Judging from how and what they’re saying and singing, it is easy to conclude that some of these artistes should be taken for mental evaluation! Music mirrors our emotions; it reflects our thoughts; it echoes our activities – it shows us the way we really ARE!

Most Nigerian artistes are confused and bewildered – or they wouldn’t sing songs about not being able to tell right from wrong, or songs which purposely don’t say or mean anything, or which try only to “embody an emotional state that points indirectly to marijuana and crazy sex positions.”
Music – just like other forms of art – is like a social barometer. A strong and healthy society produces dynamic and stimulating music; a diseased and decaying society produces sick and decadent music.

It’s a simple matter of cause and effect!
This is now a SICK SOCIETY and, therefore, it produces SICK MUSIC. It’s just that simple! Both parents and the young people are to blame. My point is, we all don’t have to be a part of this sick society – or its sick music.

Even talking about today’s gospel songs, many are lacking in purpose and quality. The gospel singers are forgetting that God believes in QUALITY. Look at the universe He created! He also believes in human improvement and GROWTH. “Become ye therefore perfect” (Matt. 5:48) and “Grow in grace and knowledge” (II Pet. 3:18), He commands.

God wants His people to grow in the right kind of culture – the right kind of appreciation for the finer things in life. He says that mature Christians are “those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to DISCERN both good and evil” (Heb. 5:14).

God wants us to EXERCISE our five physical senses. He wants us to learn what the true values for the enjoyment of the senses are. One of these senses is hearing. And one of the ways we need to exercise our hearing sense is in the appreciation of quality music. Quality in music involves, first of all, the way it is composed or arranged. Secondly, it involves how the music is performed. And thirdly, the setting (the place and occasion) in which the music is heard.

You attend a concert only to see artistes with a hodgepodge of idiotic noise played from a CD and the audience seated at round tables like they are in a canteen, screaming with mouthful of small chops and ‘samosas’ as every new song is introduced by the performer. What utter nonsense! What is WRONG with us? How did we completely lose our sense of value regarding music? Do we even know the purpose of music?

A mother justifies her daughter who’s listening to an obscene song by saying, “If you listen to the words of that one, it’s pretty rough. But it has a real good beat. My daughter says she doesn’t pay any attention to the words anyway.” Are we really that naïve?

What erroneous reasoning! Go along with the crowd – even if the crowd is on the way to suffering, misery, pain, extinction? Do we think that these songs have no part in the tidal wave of promiscuity, venereal disease, illegitimate babies that are all over the country today? If you are one of those who like today’s Naija music, you ought to honestly and truthfully ask yourself WHY.

[Article written by Etcetera]

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Larry Mbong

    July 25, 2015 at 6:43 AM

    It is the meaninglessness that is selling. Keep in mind tht most of them are into fetish stuff

  2. Lillian Orie

    July 25, 2015 at 7:21 AM

    God bless you my brother for this ‘hit it on the nail ‘write-up of yours. It so sad the Nigeria music industry is filled with all sorts of riff-raffs from all sorts of background with no moral up-bringing, people who are left to their fate at early stage, living in the street. Imagine somebody being proud to announce thru his songs that he grew up from the ghetto as if that is something that deserves a medal. He will also fill his lyrics with his ghetto experience and life style. They keep churning out all sorts of absurd lyrics, even the beats are all the same – very boring and senseless. The videos – TRASH .. The same naked girls with big butts and boobs(some up-grade by using oyibo girls), champagnes, blings, sagged trousers, dark shades, etc. This generation of musicians have all lost it except the very few who are in the minority and often times not promoted and celebrated. It also makes me sad that my kids who were born in this lost generation might not really know what good music is all about as they are daily bombarded with this trash of music being released on a daily basis. Just for the asking, cant we also have a kind of music censor board who should monitor the music contents before they are released to the public. Gone are the days when music were music. God help us!

  3. OLA

    July 25, 2015 at 9:44 AM

    THIS DUDE IS A BIG ****!!!! WHO DIED AND MADE YOU A MORAL POLICE?? I WILL. LIKE TO KNOW WHAT GENRE OF MUSIC DOES HE LISTEN TO…..SMH!

    • iron bar

      July 26, 2015 at 1:10 AM

      bad belle de worry u.even as we condemn some of the lyrics..why dont u confront ur oduduwa singers like d banj wey de pull clothes on the stage while ladies rock on him..all are bad..condemn it

  4. Micky Mouse

    July 25, 2015 at 9:45 AM

    I have just 2 artists when it comes to circular music (PSQUARE AND FLAVOUR) that i respect when it comes to music in Nigeria though they might sing trash sometimes i know it must not go well all the time. The write up is good,Music as a whole quickens the soul whether noisy or not depending on individuals bc everybody knows what makes he/she happy but my advice is go for the gospel and meaningful ones.

  5. Benjamin Martins

    July 25, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    I have told my guys countless time without number that I don’t enjoy Nigerian music. I mean, come on! What are they singing about? The lyrics are nothing compared to others out there. I just listened to BAD BLOOD Remix by Taylor Swift and I have been playing it over and over again. Lyrics make music very enjoying.

    Now Nigeria stars sing nonsense with incomprehensible lyrics, poor chorus and worst of all, all songs carry the same rhyme pattern of beats with so much noise. The only musicians I can confidently listen to their songs are Waje, MI and Tuface.

    • iron bar

      July 26, 2015 at 1:13 AM

      americana..wanna be..

  6. iburstyoheadboi

    July 25, 2015 at 11:41 AM

    Infact all songs both local and foreign are meaningless,God knows legends like Fela,kept us moving.
    All the so called concious music/artiste have now degraded into this type of stupid and senseless music leading ppl to Hell Fire.
    What went wrong with timaya,oritsefemi,duncan mighty etc ppl dat sang abt the hardship they passed thru,oh now money don come,mowi sing rubbish.
    Even 2face sef has joined them.

    We suck abeg.

  7. emmanuel

    July 25, 2015 at 12:11 PM

    Plz,excetera I will rather advise you to leave these young artiste with their instead of sitting there saying and their music is sick,but that what’s the street wants.if you don’t like it better if you sit down and wave your thoughts and leave these young artistes alone.just face and mind your buisness

  8. burkina faso

    July 25, 2015 at 2:24 PM

    The fact is that good musics no longer sell in the market. Even at political rallies, birthdays, etc,the same rubbish is the talk of the day.

  9. debanjola

    July 25, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    It is a shame that people can’t reason logically. What does it take to give kudos to those who are consistently doing something right? Where was it ever said that you have to understand the lyrics of a song before it becomes a good song? This is 2015 for God’s sake times have changed. Are you blaming these musicians for the rot in the society or what? Or are they just talented in this type of music and it has brought them out from grass to grace. When we listen to Awilo, most people don’t understand the lyrics but everybody is dancing . There are different types of music and because YOU DONT LIKE IT does not make it bad music and everybody must hate it. Remember everybody has a right to their own opinion. In Nigeria we always turn things upside down, things that in other clime would have been taken advantage of, we will bad mouth in such a way and not think of how to make it positive. Iyanya said after the competition he was in, he sang songs with clean lyrics for two years and no one took notice of him, the rest is history now. Leave these guys alone they have done nothing wrong, as a matter of fact they have done well for themselves to have been able to be relevant in that industry. Etcetera, I don’t know anything about you, but I know you have been in the industry long before these young lads and you guys have not been able to do anything to make the industry better, piracy, distribution, etc these are the things you should be spending your time to think about, not castigating these young lads.
    Remember these lads, most of them got to where they are today trying to survive in this harsh Great country of ours. To now call them a lost generation is not fear, they have no control over the rot we have in Nigeria and it is not their responsibility to make it right that is as idividuals.

  10. debanjola

    July 25, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    It is a shame that people can’t reason logically? What does it take to give kudos to those who are consistently doing something right? Where was it ever said that you have to understand the lyrics of a song before it becomes a good song? This is 2015 for God’s sake times have changed. Are you blaming these musicians for the rot in the society or what? Or are they just talented in this type of music and it has brought them out from grass to grace. When we listen to Awilo, most people don’t understand the lyrics but everybody is dancing . There are different types of music and because YOU DONT LIKE IT does not make it bad music and everybody must hate it. Remember everybody has a right to their own opinion. In Nigeria we always turn things upside down, things that in other clime would have been taken advantage of we will bad mouth in such a way and not think of how to make it positive. Iyanya said after the competition he was in he sang songs with clean lyrics for two years and no one took notice of him the rest is history now. Leave these guys alone they have done nothing wrong, as a matter of fact they have done well for themselves to have been able to be relevant in that industry. Etcetera, I don’t know anything about you, but I know you have been in the industry long before these young lads and you guys have not been able to do anything to make the industry better, piracy, distribution etc these are the things you should be spending your time to think about not castigating young lads.
    Remember these lads, most of them got to where they are today trying to survive in this harsh Great country of ours. To now call them a lost generation is not fear, they have no control over the rot we have in Nigeria and it is not their responsibility to make it right.

  11. Okere Anayochukwu Goodluck C

    July 25, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    mostly those musician that has been know in the music industry today it makes me felt sick when ever am listening to there songs because when u listen properly to them when ever the are singing u will fine out that there music words even till today is not in the dictionary any more bet is just noly few of them bot in hip hop and gospel imaging flavour singing kporokoto kpom kpom kwakolokwa kpom kpom and the same to frank edwards imaging him singing iyoyoyoyo including iyelelelele what is the full meaning off all this things pls,let os fucos on our journey.

  12. Isabel

    July 25, 2015 at 9:23 PM

    Nice one, let those who have ears hear.

  13. Ikegod

    July 26, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    Hei guys i’ve seen ur comments but the fact remains that the truth must be told, am solidly behind the writer of this article, i dont listen to naija musics except few like some of flavour’s, p-square thou they hav joined nonsens songs too. My bros naija music is no more music but noise and shouts, notin reasonable, nothin good to learn except woman woman.

  14. Tomiwa

    July 27, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Listen to timi dakolo’s songs and you will be glad you are a Nigerian, but unfortunately he is not being recognised. he is a world class artiste, either he is recognised or not.. Kudos to the writer.

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