Music, made easily available to adolescents in recent times, have deeply influenced social interactions, and the lyrical contents have affected social behaviours and emotions of the listeners. And legendary singer, 2baba Idibia agrees with this.
In a new interview with Vanguard, the singer, who many times used music to make social and political commentaries, criticised the increasing concentration on ‘entertaining’ music.
While noting the remarkable standard of music video production, the singer said the Nigerian youth is influenced by the music he/she listens to, many of which lack moral messages.
See the excerpts from the brief interview.
On shooting music videos in Nigeria, he said:
“We have quality video directors, producers in Nigeria but in terms of logistics, power and cost, it is better to shoot outside the country. You get everything in one place but apart from that reason, I think we shoot quality videos in Nigeria.”
On the state of Nigerian music, he said:
“I am impressed and scared at the same time. I am impressed at the quality of the sound, they are so many guys coming out that are serious and are taking the music business serious.
We have so many professionals springing up but what I am scared of is the message and the direction because lately, most of the message and the direction is creating this fantasy world where everybody thinks they can hammer without working or following the due process.
There is no harm in doing entertaining music because entertainment is versatile. I am not trying to bring down somebody but what I am trying to say is that there should be a conscious effort not to make everything about partying or money without any moral guidance.
What I am scared about is that this message is sinking into our youths these days and they think it is all about flexing and that is not what life is all about.”