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2016 – A Year For Music Or Drama? Let’s Discuss!

Posted by Jim Donnett on April 29, 2016 in Editorial · 20 Comments


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It might be a little too soon to tell but 2016 certainly hasn’t at all looked like the year for music in the Nigerian entertainment industry since it began. We’re already pushing towards events for the mid-year even as the second quarter draws fast to a boring close – for music!

Shall we just be honest? There really hasn’t been great songs this year. No, not at all!
It seems like all our artistes are in a very deep snooze. The kind that needed Prince Charming’s true love’s first kiss to awaken sleeping beauty from her slumber. They’ve all gone AWOL. Save for Yemi Alade who dropped an album and Lil Kesh too, music has been stifled of it’s usual and regular buzz. Yes, Banky W, Flavour, Patoranking, Tiwa Savage and Seyi Shay have dropped music videos that were all worth full servitude of our lips but these are materials off previously released projects that are quickly shelved aside once the effect in their period of release eventually wanes. M.I’s IM3 was one project that really got us werqin’ off our music grind but the dramatic events following it’s release that spewed out on social media, I dare say, took most the shine from the beautiful greatness in works that was the mixtape.

Thank the stars for transmitting medias, it’s the only way we can be constantly reminded, the trickles of great-styled music from Reekado Banks, Simi, D’banj, Adekunle Gold and 2Baba. Even Mo’Cheddah. If not for radio and TV, how then do we remember that songs like Abule Sowo, Asalamalekun, Where, Cause Trouble and Shakara are potential sounds to set the industry on fire and keep stirring up the heat? Moreso, what’s up with the likes of Sean Tizzle, Phyno, P-Square (the group), Chidinma, Niyola, Waje and their industry colleague cohorts? The finer crop of our superstars have really gone under and kept mum on musical affairs since the year began. What about heavyweights Wizkid and Davido? It’s intriguing how their sounds from late last year are still domineering the entertainment space but they’re yet to bless 2016 with new music bangers. I think this is the worst of all-time lows that the music industry has hit from immemorial.

That’s on the music. Now the drama!

It’s plausible that some other hot details might even be left out in a rollcall of theatrical events that upstaged our creative industry from January the 1st. Can you believe we’ve had more hits in dramatic twists and celebrity beefs that actual music released? Many of us won’t need efforts in remembering Olamide and Don Jazzy, Cynthia Morgan and Davido, Davido and his baby mama/uncle, P-Square, Dammy Krane and Wizkid, Wizkid and Linda Ikeji, oh… Blackface! And now Teebillz. Can you count the exact number of musical hits (in 2016) to match the account of dramatic happenstances in 2016? Of course, no. You can’t. And it puzzles me that for an industry whose success has been pegged on a heavy influx of music day in-day out, our focus has shifted to unscripted role playing in adventurous, suspense-filled flicks that would rake mega bucks for the movie industry.

I don’t have any suggests to make or any recommends to give. I just want us to get back to our collective industry focus – making good music and making serious money! I’m sure the veterans look at our antics now and just shake their heads at how we’ve spiraled into this utter childish confusion that now perpetrates in our music affairs. I’m sure they hide their faces in shame and are thrown into an abyssmal wonder how an industry they were once proud to be associated with, has become a dirty gutter reeking of the filthy stench from this era’s overgrown babies and bastard rich adult children with tendencies to reveal a personality defect in nothing close to a heartbeat.
To close, I’m gonna say this one time again and one time only. We are desperately in need of proper regulation and governance especially in this music industry. Shxt keeps on happening like we’re a bunch of recalcitrant hoobastanks who have no regard or place value whatsoever for processes to be observed in a rule of law. And until we can have that, we remain sitting ducks ferried around the currents by every new doctrine of change in this big city without protective walls. Now that’s food for thought.

Written by Jim Donnett
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18 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. first of jim donnet’s wise article

  2. i concur and money by timaya is enough for dis year

  3. Five finger to yuh article writer for saying no good song dis year

  4. Oloriburuku somebody @jimmydonnett so u believe there is no good song. F–l u drop nonsense thinking we will fall for our dear blogger’s single. Idi-t na to judge others u sabi.. Olofo..

    • Pple cursin on jim donnet for dis article are as stupid as dey sound

  5. This jim donnet. What r you even feeling like sef?? You dropped a very stupid s0ng. Yet you be critisizing 0ur dear artist everyday. D0nt be deceiving your self that you r a celeb. You re just 0ne stupid article writer that writes for too exclusive. Even vic o better pas you. With your rubbish song. Bastard

  6. D writer of dis article must be a fool no wonder u bears a Yoruba name..so phyno has been underground..so dis 2016 name ur artist hotter Dan phyno..connect still buzzing all shows ..ezege still a hit u r here saying rubish

    • No wonder you ‘bears’ idiot. If you don’t have etiquette or good English please try not to comment next time. Nice Article, love it when someone tell the truth!!!!

  7. Na God go punish you for those statement /see fool oooooo -pls just read that once and more again check how it sound #mumu tooxclusive make una know wetin una go post to have more viewers

  8. These new generation artistes are so childish in their doinz,wizkid,davido,olamide and the rest……never heard veterans like 2face,dbanj raining curses on social media,they make the industry look like competition of Hit tracks.If you don’t have hit track the whole social media will go against you if you oppose someones wrong attitude.

  9. Dear Jim, a lot of people have put it work in 2016 but you; the last we heard from you was a dead single on arrival. Forget about those that you aim at criticizing and focus on promoting your career as a musician. At the moment, a lot of your posts and comments about Nigerian music does not matter until you release dope songs.

  10. Is kk,tooxclusive pls upload ma song aya oba ve send d email tu u

  11. This is a nice article…truth be told,we have almost gone half of this year and nothing to show for it.No bangerzzz..,nothing..our artists need to get into that studio and get us somthing..its long over due.

  12. falz badh baddo badest is enough for me

  13. olamide am waitinq for dat ur banger nw,dat ur ginger nw . . . . . nw lil kesh where are yhu!!!!!!!

  14. olamide am waitinq for dat ur banger nw,dat ur ginger nw . . . . .lil kesh where are yhu nw!!!!!!!

  15. What happened to who you epp??? Is this one mad?

  16. a year of drama ni jare

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