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Incessant Criticisms Of Younger Artistes By Older Musicians

Source: Amechi B. Chima/Nigeriafilms.com
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Undoubtedly, the Nigeria music industry has been evolving over the years to the extent of having musicians and their trades gain global recognition. Though the contemporary musicians have till date, not won a Grammy, but their older counterparts have received nominations (King Sunny Ade and Femi Kuti). It is worthy to mention that, notwithstanding, the younger artistes have won international awards outside of Africa.

On the African scene, we are always on top of our game. This, I must point out.

However, a worrying trend which has surfaced over time is the public criticism of the new generation of musicians by the old. Popular grounds on which the old generation do attack the new generation often times than not, are hinged on personality issues, inability to deliver good lyrical contents or their videos which are labelled as 'highly p*rnographic' thereby putting cultural values in the rubbish bin, from the point of view of the critics. There always seem to be a perceived shortcoming vis-à-vis the new generation.

The new generation flaunts huge market successes, international recognition and ascending popularity among others as their achievements in response.

Recently, 'King of Galala' music, Daddy Showkey, an Ajegunle bred musician, who thrilled the masses with his music flavour in the 90s, went on air labelling Wizkid, Davido, Olamide, Waje, Tiwa Savage et al, 'arrogant', and, vowed never to have anything 'music' to do with them.

Also, Bonsue Fuji exponent, Adewale Ayuba, recently stated that Davido, Wizkid and their likes will never enter and win a Grammy unless they re-invent themselves in the uniqueness of indigenous African music genres.

A school of thought would say Ayuba had good intentions when he made the remark but another could misconstrue it. This was evident in the reactions from fans in the aftermath. Opinions were actually divided. A lot of followers believe jealousy is a huge factor here.

Be that as it may, in my opinion, these should not arise. Both camps should harmonize and work towards developing the music industry. There should be mutual love and respect. The new generation should be humble enough to learn and be guided by the old generation, while the old generation should show some more maturity and possibly mentor the younger ones.

Who says both generations cannot have music collaborations as done in some other climes?

It is gladdening to hear that legendary musician; Sir Shina Peters is working on a collaboration with Timaya. Recently, Victor Olaiya did a remix of his 'Baby Jowo' hit song.

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