*Disclaimer- I don’t have any degree in music production, the culture of music neither do I have any knowledge of music marketing. However, I do have ears that love to listen to good music. Ears that love to dissect and stitch together good lyrics. Ears that definitely love to pick apart the different instruments in a beat.*
Oya, let’s go there…
Who wouldn’t instantaneously start dancing when “Kukere” by Iyanya starts playing? Or let’s say songs like Davido’s “All Of You,” and the big time “Like to Party,” by Burna Boy? (A couple weeks ago, that was the song I listened to second thing in the morning and second to the last thing before bed at night)
I love me some Nigerian songs. I look for the slightest opportunity to share them with my friends who aren’t Nigerians. I share almost any song from M.I, Asa, Tuface and Nneka. Some other folks I consider from time to time are Brymo, Flavour, Omawunmi, Banky W and Omawunmi. Don’t get me wrong, these are all great musicians.
The other day I got a text message from a friend of mine who is a British Virgin Islander whose second home is London. ( For the past couple years, he’s been staying in London during the summer and runs away as soon as winter shows its dry and cold face. lol. The Island boy can’t take the cold. Oh that’s by the way. He’s a musician by the way. and I’m sure you guys will love his music. He’s the lead singer of Blue Essence ) He was at a local bar here in the BVI and he heard a local DJ playing Oliver Twist by D’Banj. I felt so proud.
See, this friend knew it was a Nigerian song because, he’s heard it from radio stations in London and he’s interacted with me a lot to know Nigerian songs. But my guess is, 99 percent of the folks who were at the bar that night couldn’t tell where the song was from. That is if they were paying keen attention to the song. Oh well, maybe just like me, D’banj’s strong Nigerian accent may have led them to immediately think he had to be from “a country like Africa.”
I’ve shared some songs with my friends and mostly their reaction was “Oh that sounds so Americanized,” or “Did he just say ‘Yea Man?'” or “Is he trying to sound a bit Jamaican?” Mind you, these reactions were like “I’m sort of disappointed.”
I share the same sentiments as these folks sometimes. The music industry in Nigeria has come a long way. It has travelled slowly from days when we heard songs from legends such as Ebenezer Obey, Oliver De Coque, Osita Osadebe, Tilda (can’t remember her last name- She’s the voice behind the classic tune “Sweet Mother”) Fela and Dan Maraya. We’ve come from days of legends to days of some sort of legends like Wizkid, Davido, Skales, Ice Prince, Murna, Eva, Mo’Cheddah and believe it or not, Tonto Dikeh and Terry G and many more. (Not that there’s everything wrong with these folks. I love me some Ice Prince… I mean I almost have no choice. I’m a Jos girl for goodness’ sake)
As I said above, who wouldn’t listen to the latest Nigerian songs and begin to dance? But at the same time who wouldn’t listen to songs like “We are Loyal,” from Ebenezer Obey, or “Afro Juju,” from Sina Peters, and dance even more.
Two weeks ago, I was almost hooked on Burna Boy’s “Like to Party.” As much as I’ve grooved to that song, chances are, in three weeks, I won’t vibe to it anymore. But play any of those old school songs and I shall dance to them till the end of time. (by the way, who remembers Eva Edna with her “Wish You Happy Birthday song?” Mehn, if that song wasn’t being played at any birthday party, you’d think twice about going…lol)
Anyways, I can feel myself ranting (But wait I’ve been doing that from the get go.)
Oh well, If you’ve followed this post this far, you might as well just finish up shey?
Most of the people who I’ve shared Nigerian songs with, liked it but never loved it. Most of them were looking to hear something traditional.
Granted, cultural values all of the world are being lost. On the contrary though, lots of folks I come in contact with daily still believe Africa to have all those old “days of Adam and Eve,” cultural values…(I don’t blame them much if they rely heavily on international news to feed their curiosity…
Chei… Okay, I’m drifting away from my topic fast now…lol
My point is, I’m tired of the tumpam tumpam music now. Give me something I can listen to in 20 years. Something my children can look at as good music. I want to hear the music performed live. Not a bunch of guys with pants below their butts and dark shades at 12 p.m. lip synching to an over produced beat. I want to hear real life vocals not auto tune all the time. I want to see the ladies wear proper clothing again and not the skimpiest of clothing… I want to be able to share “traditional” music with my friends.
Well, on the bright side, I still have people like Asa, Nneka, M.I and Tuface to keep me musically sane when it comes to Nigerian music.
I don’t want any more “Crazically Fit” songs or keep having “Free Madness” anymore.
Okay I’m done day dreaming…
This has been yet another senseless post…