Lagos - Good music is a strong tool that can re-shape the society, a gospel singer, Paula Mbah, has said.
Mbah, who made the statement in Lagos on Saturday in an interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), explained that the lyrics of
songs appealed to the conscience of people.
''The lyrics of a song can change or destroy a society, it has
powerful impact in moulding the psychology of a people," she said.
The singer, who spoke to NAN after the presentation of her album,
"Gwaram Pharaoh," explained that meaningful lyrics were better than
''Some singers concentrate more on the beats and rhythm than the meaning of their song which should not be the case.
''Good songs should have positive rather than negative impact on the listener.
''As we are faced with crisis, musicians should use the opportunity
to write songs that would give a second thought to the aggrieved
groups," she said.
Mbah also urged musicians to see themselves as `conscience educators’ who should speak facts in songs.
''Music is an instrument that both the good and bad people are exposed to," she said.
The singer expressed concern that songs which sold and spread far and
wide were the ones with catchy beats that might not have meaning or
impact on the listener.
She said that some veteran musicians who released songs that
carry `reasonable information’ were still relevant in the current age.
''Musicians like Sunny Ade, Chris Okotie, Onyeka onwenu, Aye Fele,
the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and Christy Essien-Igbokwe would always
make the stage because of their powerful lyrics and style," she said.