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Music of old versus music of today

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In simplest terms, music is the combination of lyrics and beats. Where any one of these major ingredients is missing,the music may be deemed tasteless or even described as bad music. Nigerian musicians of today have been criticised severally for producing more of the beat while their music is lacking in lyrical content. One observer captured today’s music as ‘a lot of lyrical nonsense and danceable beats’.

A school of thought believes Nigeria has seen the best of music, good lyrical content spruced with ecstatic beat, in the past and thus condemned today’s music as nothing but mere sound to dance to. It claims today’s music lacks message, meaning and substance of evergreen quality.

As good as this opinion sounds, it doesn’t appear to have nailed the issue right on the head. For one, many have questioned why today’s musicians are apparently more affluent than those of old. One could still remember the labour it entailed to make it as a musician in the days of old while just one track could catapult today’s musician into the millionaires club.

FalzFurthermore, today’s music has more claims to success because our music has become more internationalised than ever, just as it has been accepted almost 100% by the local population.

Potpourri’s quest is what today’s musicians consider as good music and how they rate their music in comparison to the music of old:

No lyrical content because people just want to dance – Falz

Folarin Falana called Falz the Badhguy is a son of the legal giant, Femi Falana. Like his father, he is also a lawyer. While his father found passion in the courtrooms, fighting legal battles, the son’s passion lies in the studio, churning out songs to entertain people.

Since coming on board the country’s music ship Falz has found his own reins and looking for his own harbour to berth as one of the country’s greats. Just last week he shot the video of his hit single ‘Marry Me’ with Yemi Alade and Poe. The video shoot which was a big success had a Yoruba traditional marriage as the plot.

To him, Nigerian music of today truly lacks content but he posited that it hardly the fault of the musician as the Nigerian public nowadays just want to dance.

“That is not entirely true. It is correct to say that a lot of artists nowadays are not particularly concerned about lyrical content because they know that the Nigerian people just want to dance. However a few Musicians still pay attention to lyrical content. I personally pay a lot of attention to that. Music shouldn’t be only about the beat. Good music is a good blend of everything, good beats, good lyrics/message and nice melodies” he put in.

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