Lagos - Benedict Adesina, a music
producer, on Friday decried the poor lyrical contents of music being churned
out by most of the nation’s musicians, saying they lacked inspiration.
Adesina told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the contents of
most locally produced songs were strictly "beat and hi-hooks inclined’’, with
no meaningful impact on the society.
He said that most artistes did not take time to read books and study a bit of
aesthetics that could inform their choice of words.
"In time past, we had artistes that sat down to deal songs from lyrics to
beats, but times have suddenly changed.
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"New generation artistes care less about the content of their songs, and the
ones who do, have little idea of how much their songs affect the lives of
people,’’ he said.
The producer said that music was a valuable tool for educating people and
correcting societal ills, in addition to its foundational entertainment value.
"It is true that society responds more to music than laid down regulations, so
it should be judiciously harnessed and used as a tool by government.
"It is high time entertainers know that they can use their talents to add
value to societal norms and not to just swagger on the stage,’’ he said.