Award winning singer, actor and comedian, Folarin Falana, better known as Falz, has said Nigerian artistes are not to blame for the poor lyrical content of their songs.
According to Falz, “Nigerians just want to dance” and as such, artistes will feed them with what they desire.
Of late, many entertainment stakeholders and veterans have complained that lyrics are often centred around money, women, and alcohol.
Reacting, Falz told NAN that: “Music of today truly lacks content, but it is hardly the fault of the musician, as Nigerians just want to dance.
“It is correct to say that a lot of artistes are not 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 about the beats alone. Good music is a good blend of everything – good beat, good message and nice melody.”
Speaking in the same vein, Innocent Onyemuwa (Daddy Fresh) said, “Music should not be on ‘whine your waist’. Our artistes are trying but I have a little problem with their stereotyped lyrics. Everybody is talking about, `whine your waist’.
“Sometimes, there is too much repetition and I’m not okay with that. I want us to be more creative.
“Creativity will give us what we are looking for to stand out internationally and when it comes to nominations for awards,” he said.
Onyemuwa, however, hailed Nigerians musicians for efforts in promoting the entertainment industry.
“It gives me the hope that Nigeria will in future be on top because we have got all it takes: good rappers, good singers; we have got our representatives.”
A veteran reggae musician, Daniel Wilson, who came to limelight in the early 90s with his hit tune, ‘Mr Ragamuffin’, told NAN that he was dissatisfied with lyrics of contemporary music.
“I grew up listening to good music from Mike Okri, Evi Edna Ogoli and Majek Fashek and others,” he said.
“Music can mean anything to anybody. I grew up listening to the best Nigeria had to offer, but what I listen to these days breaks my heart.
“Times without number, I ask some young musicians what they know about music. How can you hope to be celebrated when you don’t even celebrate those who were there before you?”