Ile-Ife- Professor Tunji Vidal, a Professor of Music and Musicology at the Mountain Top University, Lagos says that the Nigerian contemporary music industry is falling below standard.
Vidal said this while delivering a public lecture as part of activities lined up to mark King Sunny Ade’s 70th birthday at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.
The theme of the lecture was “Nigeria music industry; the falling standard’’ and here are five reasons why he believes that the Nigerian music industry is failing
1. He said that the present crop of musicians lacked the vital preparation to take up a career in music.
2. Vidal, who noted that the old generation of musicians attended mission schools for training before they ventured into music as a profession, said such training was lacking in today’s music.
3. He said that lack of adequate experience, training and skills on the part of many of the contemporary musicians had created a vacuum in the Nigerian music industry.
4. According to him, many of the musicians do not spend time in carrying out research on their music composition and lyrics before producing it.
5. The professor of music noted that olden days songs were more meaningful and able to withstand the test of time than what“ we have today’’.