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Artiste expresses concern over exploitation by stations

18 July 2012, 12:37

Abuja - An upcoming artiste, Mr Paul Tunde on Wednesday expressed concern over the exploitation of upcoming artistes by some radio stations.

Tunde said that though not all radio stations exploited artistes, but noted that the act of exploitation before airing the songs was wrong.

He said that some stations collected as much as N10,000 from an artiste to play his song on air for a month.

He said that if an artiste was to give money to a radio station it should be to appreciate its effort at showing support for creative work as some artistes found it difficult to survive due to lack of support.

Tunde said that although he had at least 30 recorded songs only three had been aired by some radio stations.

He called on radio stations to have a portal or include programmes where upcoming artistes could send songs to be aired and subsequently added to its library.

Tunde noted that although artistes got publicity when their songs were aired in the radio wider publicity would be achieved if such songs were made into a video that could be aired internationally.

He decried the low level of support upcoming artistes receive from individuals, organisations and companies blaming it on their fear and unwillingness to take risks.

``Support level is not good it is double edged. There are people that have supported upcoming artistes in the past but some artistes are not serious and so individuals are afraid of taking the risk of supporting any artiste,” he said.

 He also noted that most people were only ready to support or associate with an artiste after he had struggled and was now getting some attention from the public.

A radio presenter said that radio stations should have rules and policies that did not allow the exploitation of a music artistes.

He said that every Nigerian had the right to enjoy air play but a song needed to go through a process before airing.

He noted that artistes contributed to the problem as some gave bribes in order for their songs to be aired.

He said that although it was common with some stations to collect money from artistes some songs could not receive air play due to the wrong use of language or poor sound quality.

He called on artistes not to allow any station exploit them as there were stations that aired songs without collecting money.

He also said that artistes should be patient when taking songs for air play as impatience could lead them into the wrong hand.


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