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'Stop miming and create your own music'

27 October 2012, 18:24

Lagos - A musician, Tope Makoko, on Saturday urged young musicians to play with live bands to be well positioned in their career.

Makoko ,Chief Executive Officer, Tope Band Musical Company, told the News agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that foreign musicians were still playing with live bands, while Nigerians were copying the wrong things.

He said that foreign musicians had never left playing with live bands because it produced good music and made them to be well grounded.

The musician said Nigerian musicians were, however, playing digitalized music and doing without their own bands.

"The foreign musicians progress by upgrading their instruments, but it is still live and their music is interesting with good lyrics and sound.

"Digital cannot beat live band. The younger generation of musicians in Nigeria run to use computerised musicals because it is easy.

"Everything is programmed and it is just to touch the keys and the person gets what he or she wants,” he said.

Makoko, 39, told NAN that using digital programmed music instruments was like a one-man show.

He said that he decided to continue playing with a live band because it was dynamic, unlike digital which was stereo- typed.

"I play cross-over music, because I can play different kinds of music.

"I play juju, high life, contemporary , hip hop and dance hall, which is not  like one-way music because I use a live band,” he said.

Makoko, who said that musicians needed to play all kinds of instruments, but must master one, noted that the practice was being done away with in the country.

The musician said that he learnt to play different kinds of percussion from his father, who was also a singer.

"I decided on it so that everybody would enjoy whenever I was playing, I did not want to leave anybody out,” he said.

"To play with a live band, you cannot mime your music because a lot of people handle different instruments.

"When you start to mime your music, it is not good,’’ he said.

He argued that even if live bands were expensive to maintain, musicians should learn how to manage them.

"Any business is about management and paying workers very well and on time,” he said.

According to Makoko, he took after his father in music and started playing from age of six before taking it up full time since 1997.

He said that his messages were for the good of the country, love, peace and tolerance.

"I enjoin all Nigerians to give peace a chance; we are all brothers and sisters, irrespective of where we are from.

"Let us live in harmony, so as to progress as a nation,” he said.


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