Gospel Juju musician Yinka Ayefele has been around long enough to know what good music entails. With millions of fans scattered around the globe Ayefele is a musician enjoying both fame and fortune.
Explaining what his own idea of good music is, Ayefele said it depends on the artiste.
“ We have seen a situation whereby some artists prefer to express themselves with beat alone but when you look at successful artistes, they create beats and compose good lyrics that can become an instant street anthem. I believe Nigerian artistes are trying and have really taken the music industry to the next level, although there are still rooms for improvement. Good music is all about good beats and inspiring lyrics. While the beat will be the blood, good lyrical composition will be the oxygen to transport it through your veins so the two are essential components of a good music. A good music needs no advertisement. Music is like a spirit, you don’t need anybody to invite you before you contact the virus; it moves and when it hits you, you can’t resist it even if you hate the artiste singing. When you listen to a song and you have that burning desires in you to play it again and again then, it means the song has all the elements of being a good music. “ he said.
On the matter of affluence and success, Ayefele said the new musicians are definitely better off, but for a number of reasons not associated with quality of music they make.
“Not all Nigerian musicians are rich, but compared to the olden days I’ll say things have really improved. Thank God we now have multinational companies who give us endorsement deal and expose us to the world.