Elders of today seem so sad when youths play music from different gadgets ranging from handsets to iPods. Why?
Music, for ages, has been a source of expression. Victor Hugo said “music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”. Irrespective of one’s gender, age, race, tribe or language, a composition of sonorous tunes never ceases to be felt; it is the great leveler, the universal language of mankind. It is something that people with a lot of differences agree on. Music has always been a matter of energy, a question of irrupt strength. Ranging from the gospel genre to rap, the power of music cannot be over-emphasized.
“Life is for the living.
Death is for the dead.
Let life be like music.
And death is a tone unsaid.”- Langston Hughes
Langston Hughes if alive today, would definitely weep for the music world. The commercial value of music has overshadowed its entertainment value. It seems so easy to sing these days, so easy that every Tom, Dick and Harry has labeled himself/herself a DJ Artiste, rapper or whatever title they deem fit.
Hughes defined music as life, while today it’s death. The ‘leaders in the making’ who should have the best influence around them due to the complexity in their socialization, are being misled and morally deformed, no thanks to the music industry. A close look at the Nigerian music industry would easily show this fact. The mad rush for glory has led many ‘artistes’ to say whatever rubbish pops in their head in the studio not minding the moral implication.
Pornography is regarded as social indecency in most societies, but, there’s an age limit to those who have access to pornographic pictures and clips. Music has no limit, both the old and young dance to its flirtatious tunes.
In Nigeria today, any kid who knows how to talk sings songs about flirting and drinking. Funny names for songs is the trending fashion, Imagine a title like ‘Whiskey’, ‘your waist’, ‘ginger’ and a host of other titles which show how proud the artistes are of their destructive jobs. Nigerian music has no standards anymore, try to download a song from any of the trending sites and you’ll be amazed at the number of offensive words used. Be it Olamide, Wizkid, MI, IcePrince or whatever big name, there’s no difference. I was passing by a street the other day when I saw a bunch of kids listening to “Olamide’s Durosoke” from their mp3 player, paying rapt attention to the lyrics.
Only a few artistes sing decent songs (gospel singers exclusive). Even if you claim that the kids don’t understand the lyrics, would their eyes deceive them? What explanation do you give those innocent ones when a lady smooches a guy in the bathroom, vehicle or wherever the videos get shot? Artistes travel as far as South Africa just to get sex-hawkers who claim to be dancers. Having escapades in videos seem to be the selling point. Download a music video and you wouldn’t have to watch critically before you see elements of pornography. The licentiousness of people in the music industry is alarming, they don’t give a damn about who watches the videos or about the damage the videos cause. Many youths today have been entrapped in the world of moral decadence and artistic moral declination via indiscriminate access to download sites. A lot of parents have restricted their wards access to TV/internet just to help shape their children’s mentality.
Believe it or not, the music industry is just a bunch of licentious greedy human beings who are on the verge of changing the course of music.