Nigerian musicians are full of surprises. They sing in all sorts of languages, ranging from the vernaculars, through pidgin to well-polished English. But what is easily ignored is that there is a symbiosis between their music and our social norms. They interact in such a way that each one of them influences the other. The society tries to adapt to what they propose to her and the musicians also try to adjust their music to what is observable in the society.
As a matter of fact, every music depicts one reality of the society. When the music imitates the society, then the society becomes the symbiont that acts on the music industry but when it’s the contrary, then the music becomes the symbiont. But what is important is that in symbiosis, each organism is necessary for the survival of the other. Nigerian society would then have been something of the past if it is not transmitted through literature or music. And Nigerian music industry will never attract any attention if it does not imitate what the society proposes to it.
However, the problem is that we have come to a generation where musical consummation calls for no questioning and critical analysis. All we care is whether the tune is danceable or whether the wordings follow the dictates of our different religious affiliations. Few are those who question the sociological effects of what we are served in the dishes of our national musical menu. However, it is necessary to indicate that I’m against sanctioning of certain music because they do not comply with my religious doctrines. I believe that as long as a musician does not attack our national unity or human liberty, she or he is right to sing what he deems right. But it is also the duty of literary critics and sociologists to analyse the effects of such music in the society. It is our duty to be sure that every consumer knows the content of what he or she consumes. This is why the Bank Alert of P-Square drew my attention.