A reggae musician, Sunny Amusia, popularly known as `Pupa Sunny’ on Monday said contemporary musicians should learn good lyrical contents from old and experienced musicians.
He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that experience could not be wished away in any field of human endeavour including music.
He said that was why young musicians should pocket their egos and learn from the experienced ones for their art works to remain relevant and evergreen in the minds of their listeners.
He said that the problem he was having with contemporary musicians was that most of their lyrical contents were not meaningful. The artiste condemned the impression being created by most young musicians that the older musicians belonged to the old school. He commended those contemporary musicians who, however, believed in the contributions of the experienced musicians.
He said that was why it was incumbent on the present ones to learn from the wealth of experience of their seniors in the profession.
“They young musicians still copy older artistes’ music and tunes; turn them around as if they are the genuine originators of such music.’’
Amusia noted that there is no doubt that both groups reason differently as most elderly artistes would not understand what the younger ones were talking about.
He said that for both groups to forge ahead seamlessly; they should try to understudy themselves. He also said that they should understand and be ready to tolerate themselves so that they could function well. Amusia said that by embracing joint projects, they would be able to release works of art that would stand the test of time.
He said that what most contemporary musicians release as musical lyrics was nothing to write home about.
“Many of them do not have good lyrical contents and this is not encouraging.
“You know Nigerians and their mindsets; they complain about whatever they were served but they will do nothing to stop or improve on the situation,’’ he said.
He called on musicians to always compose music that would promote peace, harmony and unity in the society. Amusia said that musicians should condemn songwriters writing lyrics that would continue to promote vulgarity, violence and degradation of humanity.
“Some music have no substance; it teaches nothing, it is what we sing that people takes. We need to understand that we have a responsibility to build the society.
“So if we see that we are going wrong, it is time to do lyrics with good uplifting messages in our music,’’ he said.
Amusia, however, blamed the society for encouraging bad lyrics; adding that if they had rejected bad them, they would not have become popular.
“Government should ban music that is not good for the public,’’ he said.
He said that every artiste should endeavour to attend music schools where they would acquire the necessary skill