By Oladayo Ojo Samuel
Music is the last destination one could wished for after been sad or when going through depression, as a source of strength, happiness, joy and hope which are embedded in the combinations of various sounds which are pleasing to the ear.
These sounds are produced from different sources like pipes, percussion, strings, and many others which are used to drive home the intent of any type of music rendered.
Music in Nigeria is tribal; as the major tribes in the country, Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa has fundamental ways of singing which are peculiar to them.
The music of Nigeria includes many kinds of folk and popular music, styles of folk music are related to the multitudes of ethnic groups in the country, each with their own techniques, instruments, and songs.
Little is known about the country’s music history prior to European contact, although bronze carvings dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries have been found depicting musicians and their instruments.
Music in Nigeria is functional; that is, it’s performed to mark a ritual such as Wedding, Naming, Housewarming, Funeral, etc in a bid to entertain one another.
As sounds are vital and inseparable from music, so is its lyrics. Lyrics is the heart of any music, and of course, one which determines the acceptance of the music style and it’s inventor by their listeners.
Musicians make tradition, politics, religion, education, environment and many others as sources of inspiration inorder to educate their fans as regards the issue under focus.
Many notable Nigerian Musicians that cannot be forgotten in the music industries are Fela Sowande, Samuel Akpabot, Ayinde Barrister, Fela Kuti, Sir Victor Uwaifo, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Ebenezer Obey, King Sunny Ade, Ata Wewe, Aruna Ishola, Odolaye Aremu and many others which are evergreen musicians.
They are known with their unputdowable Lyrics which give total message one’s ear might be craving for.
However, the introduction of Hip-hop and its improvements nowadays has weaken musical messages without measure compared to the traditional music messages.
Hip-hop which is a copied Eastern musical style by the Nigerian artists, are now sources of Immoralities of “highest order”. Hardly will there be a musical video without learning one or two licentious behavior.
Hip-hop videos are now promoters of deviant behaviors, sexual immortality, smoking, Cyber-crime (Yahoo), indecent dressing, and many others, which deteriorate and harm the initial behaviors of the listener.
In juxtaposition, traditional music’s messages and Lyrics are in ways better off the so call modern way of singing especially the Hip-hop.
Hip-hop which has been in Nigeria for decades ago, but became more popular some years back has become an escaping route for the unemployed graduates, drop outs; and also became dream of Secondary and primary Schools’ pupils.
As a result, leading to the watery and message-less songs producing day and night in the country.
Though, some Hip-hop artists are doing extremely great in the industry who are still protecting images, culture and integrity of the country, but numerous among are perverting the morality which should be gained through their efforts.
Traditional musicians use many hours, weeks, months even some a year in composition; waiting to be inspired inorder to minister to their lovers. Some of this can be traced to Ayinde Barrister who would even prophecy through his music.
Hip-hop artists nowadays do not need than minutes to compose, some do not even compose before going to studio to sing once there is beat, Marijuana, cocaine, and other dangerous drugs which servers as their ministers of Immoralities.
To Hip-hop artists, everything can be used for lyrics including “Private Parts” and other parts of the body which are unsuitable on air. Nevertheless, youths crave to listen and sing it.
If this is not eradicated swiftly, where are you thinking this country and the entire world are going to end up?
Where are “Felas, Barry, Haruna, Dagrin, Odolaye” etc of today in the industry who could stand for truth, fight Government if there’s need.
Our cultures, customs and traditions are being slaughter on the alter of musical Immoralities all in the name of civilization. Truly we are independent but we are still suffering under colonisation of civilization.
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