The truth is Nigeria has been in danger of losing her essence for quite a while and whatever is left today is going under. It is the reason I hardly listen to contemporary Nigerian music because majority have no message worth considering. Our artist have become more exposed to Western Culture and somehow, have begun to replicate same with Nigerian flavour but leaving out the aspect that documents our struggle. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though as music is generally meant to make you forget your worries and banging beats abound that could make you forget your home training. 😂
The danger however is the influence on the younger generation. A few days ago, I was playing Veno’s Nigeria go survive and I marvelled at how much could be learned from the song about Nigeria of the 80s and that’s beside the fantastic production and arrangement that gives that evergreen feel.
Nigerian contemporary music to a large extent celebrates mediocrity and it reflects how and where we are as a nation except for a few maestros who keep it real.
Nice write up bro. I enjoyed the analysis.