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Saturday, 25 July 2015
Etcetera says God won’t listen to Nigerian songs.
Etcetera says God won't listen to Nigerian songs and thinks most
Nigerian artistes are confused and bewildered. He says Nigerian artistes
sing meaningless songs and that those who listen toNigerian songs need
to ask themselves why.
“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
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
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.