Posts Tagged ‘Nigerian music’

Music or Noise?

Yesterday, popular Nollywood actress Tonto Dikeh released two singles from her maiden solo attempt to make a name in the Nigerian music industry. To say the reviews were harsh is an understatement. By evening, joke upon joke and picture memes featuring all sorts of public figures from President Goodluck Jonathan to action film cult hero Chuck Norris had filled the Nigerian social media scene. It was cruel, and I must confess that I also added my own scathing attack to this cruel mix of invectives and derision that was directed her way.

However, I woke up this morning to this Blackberry broadcast from a friend whom I respect so much Steve Harris. He is an accomplished speaker, author, leadership consultant and a life coach. His book “From College Dropout to Corporate Sellout” was published to much critical acclaim, and he continues on his quest in helping to build more effective individuals who will become change agents in their careers and personal lives. He is not someone you take his opinion lightly. This is his view:

“Yesterday, the social media space was abuzz with Tonto Dikeh’s musical debut. While her style, lyrics and vocals were widely panned to unanimous negative reviews, I learned something instrumental (no pun intended) from her.

  • BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

While I may not know her, (just heard about her yesterday) and haven’t listened to her debut, I think it takes a high level of self belief to take a chance on yourself. When last did you take a chance on you?

  • JUST DO IT

Don’t talk about it, be about it! My brother Pastor Jerry sent his broadcast this morning and said “There is only one time that is important in life; It is NOW! NOW is the most important time because it is the only time we have any power over. Have a sense of urgency over your destiny!”

Are you still saying I WILL DO IT or can you say like my fave female rapper, Eva (Alordiah), I DON DID IT!

Year don nearly end o!

  • HAVE RESULTS AND PEOPLE WILL TALK ABOUT YOU!

Nobody celebrates you for a great idea you haven’t made happen! During the last 24 hours, Tonto Dikeh has been the subject of national conversation: from BB broadcasts to mentions and TRENDING on Twitter. (And for a ‘celebrity’ (from the root word, celebrate), fame or notoriety is pretty much everything)

I wonder how many thousand times her song has been downloaded, shared, bluetoothed and broadcast.

Think about it.

Imagine if she was being paid N100 per download…hmm

Where’s YOUR SONG, YOUR BOOK? Where (is) the EVIDENCE OF YOUR LIFE?  Who’s talking about YOU?

So back to Tonto’s music, Good music? Bad music? The jury is out. You decide. The bottom line is YOU COULDN’T IGNORE HER!

And for that, she has EARNED MY RESPECT!

See you on 20.10.12*

Your Life Strategist

Steve Harris

@iamsteveharris

www.steveharris.com

*Steve’s “Mastering the Business of Your Talent” a specialized training that aims to teach you how to build wealth from your God given talent, holds this Saturday. Details are available on his website or directly from him on Twitter.

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Music or Noise?

In a bid to augment a barely-existing acting career, that in my opinion leaves much to be desired, Nollywood “actress” Tonto Dike has released two singles “HI” and “ITZ OVA” from her foray into the music industry. What beats me however is how it seems easy for someone who has delivered mediocre offerings in one field to think they will make headway in another. Mediocrity like excellence is who you are.

If this is a sensational medium to promote her “Brand”, if this is an attempt to keep her in the news by presenting something shocking and garish to the public, then I’d say kudos to her and her PR/Management team. But if this by any chance is an honest, determined attempt to sneak a toe-hold in the already nauseatingly saturated Nigerian music industry, then darling Tonto, please go. Get. A. Life.

Of course I know #Poko (Whatever that repulsive #Yolo wannabe word means) adherents and fans will burn me fast, and attack me for not appreciating “One of Nigeria’s top talents”, but I’d say to you: to each his own. Go on celebrating mediocrity becomes it comes in a popular package. Some of us will demand excellence from those who hoist themselves up on the soapbox of public opinion.

On Twitter, Ayo Shonaiya, someone who has been in the industry for years and sure knows his onions, tried to impress on me that perhaps it is important that we allow her test the waters with this attempt, and come to a realization on her own if she wants to stay in the music industry. He said that perhaps “excellence will come through competition” and was of the opinion that music, like cooking or a foreign language could be learnt and perfected over time. Even without initial talent or flair for the art.

I want to believe he is right, and hope that this will not serve as a means for young people who have been pursuing excellence in their art to go “Why worry about these high standards and put so much pressure on myself? Let me just do it anyhow”.

I await the coming weeks and months as I enjoy these hilarious tweets and picture memes that are being spread all over social media, and hope personally that Tonto passes the mic to other more talented ladies and focus more on her acting and improve on that.

In the meantime, this is my review of both tracks:  Poorest display of Autotune I’ve heard in ages. A mediocre production that is lyrically reminiscent of poorly recited nursery rhymes… A mistake waiting to happen that’s finally happened.

It’s all #Poko baby!

Edward Israel-Ayide

New entrant into the music scene LUNI dropped his first official music video today. The widely acclaimed single One Thing Two has received massive airplay across radio stations in Nigeria, and with this video would soon be all over TV screens around you.

Directed by Gambit, the video delivers in terms of concept, cinematography and of course is a big break from the generic club scene music videos that flood our screens.

Enjoy and please do share.

WARNING: THIS IS AN ATTACK

It saddens my heart when people who are supposed to be a guiding light in the journalistic world carry on with emotionally-tainted disregard of the ideals of their trade. And there, I just insulted all journalists. Pardon me, majority of Nigerian bloggers have no right to sign their name on the membership forms of your esteemed profession.

In a bid to knock someone down or show your displeasure, hate, beef, bad belle, envy (pick all that apply) it makes no professional sense to influence your readers with your own bile and bitterness and poison the minds of your readers about a particular brand or person.

In all fairness to you all, you have been quiet about your disapproval of the Kukere Remix on your blogs, but you have all shamelessly taken to Twitter, saying all sorts about a song that has for the most part retained its originality and served as a good example of what a remix should sound like, and much better than all the quack and mediocre songs you guys “leak” and release “exclusively” on your blogs.

If all the hatred and lack of objectivity is because Iyanya ( a young man who we must all applaud, having failed with his initial attempts at making music, but who has come out to give us a true Nigerian  street classic “Kukere” , heavy on percussion as suits our musical tastes, and  laced with the rich culture of the Calabar people) featured Dbanj the “turncoat, betrayer” and all other expletives you have hurled at him since he joined Good music, then perhaps you guys need to explore alternative occupation for your time.

I have listened to the Kukere remix over and over again on the Bellanaija site, I am most critical of modern Nigerian music as my friends and followers on Twitter will attest to, but since listening to this track for the 5th time now I must say I am immensely impressed with what the duo of Iyanya and Dbanj have been able to do with the track. The producer D’Tunes has successfully blended Dbanj’s eccentric style of music with the joyous, dancy feel that we have come to love in Iyanya since the “Kukere” tune filled our airwaves, and to the trio I say GOOD JOB!

Before he crossed to the “dark side” or joined up with the “Illuminati” at Good Music, we all loved the Koko Master, Dbanj for his seemingly meaningless but catchy lyrics and has he failed us on this track? Has he not stayed true to his style of music? Has he sold out as so many of his former fans have all because he felt he needed to take his career to the next level?

I accept that nepotism and mediocrity are stock in trade for most of those in the field of entertainment journalism in Nigeria, but when do we begin to draw the line on what is objective and what is just pure hatred glossed over with the pretentious façade of the designation “blogger”? When do we really begin to take the time to listen, watch and observe music and movies and give an objective widely respected review of the subject matter? Or must the curse of mediocrity trail us in whatever we do?

 

Please listen to the track here http://www.bellanaija.com/2012/08/20/new-music-iyanya-feat-dbanj-kukere-remix/ and let me know what you think in the comments section. Thanks