Folklore musician, Segun Akinlolu, popularly known as Beautiful Nubia, has called on young musicians to use good lyrics to communicate with the society and effect change.
Akinlolu said there was nothing wrong with youths playing hip-hop, but they should use good lyrics to convey their messages.
“We should not lay blame the youths, but rather the media that is pushing out the music to the people. If what the media is pushing out is bad, it takes hold of the public’s mind. If we want honest music, we play it, we do not pretend to be ‘owanbe’ or American if we want to be truthful to ourselves.
“When we were growing up we listened to Cool and the Gang, but we grew out of it. There is a natural process of maturity where people think deep and listen to more reflective music. There should always be good messages in songs that we record. I am very particular about that. If hip-hop does not address that, then there is a problem with the songs,” he said.
Akinlolu, however, said there would be problems when youths grow older and still do hip-hop, stressing that Nigerians would outgrow hip-hop.
“They are trying to do some collaboration or sing some of the 90s music. In the 90s it was reggae, in the70s it was pop. There is no need to push it, we should let them bring it down to the Nigerian level,” he said.
Akinlolu noted that he plays traditional music which reflects what Nigerians are.
“It is traditional music presented in different, contemporary ways. I use Nigerian settings to say what is wrong in the society. It reflects the problems and challenges we face every day; it reflects how we grew up, what we face every day in our society.
“We try to teach through music the need for people to be honest, hardworking, sincere, love and protect one another. That is what we are telling the society, we are singing for the society to change. It is the ancient wisdom and philosophy of our people and how they live a clean life.”

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