Reggae singer, Ras Kimono, has expressed huge disappointment in the quality of the music most young Nigerian artistes make.
Kimono said that unlike in the past when music was used as a tool to address pertinent social issues, most of the music made today have next to no value they add to their audiences.
“Music is supp
osed to be a weapon of social change. A musician is supposed to be a prophet who speaks the truth as it affects everybody in the society. But can you tell me what these young artistes are preaching about. They do nothing but sing about butt, boobs and other mundane things that do not add value to anybody. It is not a bad thing to sing party or dancehall music but there is a problem when 95 per cent of the music out there sound the same and don’t even have any meaning.
Most times, I listen to these songs and get angry. Look at the musicians of yesteryears, the songs are still relevant today, decades after they were originally released. But if you listen to a song that was released just last year, you may want to throw up. That’s because those songs have very short life-span. After people dance to it for some time, they dump it in the trash bin of time and move on to the next song. That is not what music is supposed to be about.
People still play Fela’s music today because it still has something to offer. Reggae music, which I do, dwells on topical issues bothering the society. I really want the younger artistes to have a change of heart and think of the future; it is very important,” he told Punch.
Kimono also advised the artistes to make plans for their future while they are making lots of cash as he applauded the fact that the industry has become a money spinning one.
He said, “I am happy with the progress that has been made in the music industry. I just want them to improve on the quality of songs out there. Even in our days, we were okay and we travelled round the world to perform.
It is more about knowing how to manage what you have and not living above your means. Some artistes may be earning so much today but they could spend the money lavishly and become broke at the end of the day. One must be able to plan his life well and think ahead.”