By Chris Onuoha
Changing the landscape of the Nigeria music industry to infuse good music and thoughtfully crafted lyrics to go with it will be the vital narrative point that will be on discuss as Bola Sonola, ‘The Genie’ of Smooth Fm Radio, Lagos champions a new cause to reposition the music industry in the country.
With the theme; “The SOUL Conversations with The Genie,” to hold on Sunday, February 25, he will lead some entertainment stakeholders, artistes and media personalities, in an atmosphere of talk, dance, drink and merry that is expected to re-address and create a new platform to showcase talents in its proper direction.
The SOUL Conversations with The Genie, the anchor man of the famous soulful Smooth 98.1 FM’s Sunday brunch is a series of pop up events created for Nigerian soul artistes and the lovers of soul music who would love to see them perform every last Sunday of the month. He has always championed soul music and sees this as an opportunity to discus and chart the way forward for the Nigerian music industry.
“There is a lot of soul artists in Nigeria who are not getting a look inwards, and the SOUL Conversations would serve as a platform to help them showcase their music and help build a viable soul music scene. Not all artistes want to be a Wizkid, Olamide or Davido. I also frown at the term Alternative Music. I think we need to stop creating genres that don’t make sense. There is Soul, Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Gospel, Hi Life, Juju, Sakara and Fuji. People now want to create a genre called Alternative Music and put Soul and R&B under it,” The Genie said.
He said that not everyone is averse to the popular Naija hip-hop scene that is largely about the beats with no meaningful lyrics that would have a lasting impression on the music lovers of today.
The Genie on a personal note expressed his displeasure on the raving acronym ‘OAP’ On-air-personality among the new generation broadcasters as not appropriate. According to him, it stands for ‘Old Aged Pensioner’ which has no bearing to broadcasting parlance.
“A lot of people have gatecrashed the broadcasting profession come on air open the microphone and spew a lot of nothingness. And some don’t even have a personality on-air. I would prefer to stick on ‘Radio Presenter of Host than being called OAP. It is all about the fame these days and not the tenets of the profession.”
Performing on the billing are Asikey George, Maka, Omotayo and Isaac Gerald. Dropping some knowledge in the form of spoken word is Torpedo Mascaw and DJ LINK will fly in from London to get you to move and groove to some lush soul and old school classics.