It was Good Friday; a day to reflect on the death of Jesus Christ. A day meant to cleanse our sins away. I was in a pensive and sober mood. Thoughts through my mind the whole day but I realized I needed a break. After all, all work and no play, makes Eben a ……………………………… For me, thinking was more of work than just a mere mental exercise. I had to relax.
I switched on my television, tuned in to a station meant solely for the promotion of made-in-Ghana music. Big ups for that initiative but for a brief moment, I got sad and at the same time amazed. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing neither did I understand what I was hearing.
It is without doubt that many musical talents abound in the country. However it’s very difficult for most of these talents to get support for their talents to be unearthed and developed. They find it extremely difficult to get people to finance their musical journey.
Some of these talents stay ‘’underground’’ till they give up and find solace in other unnecessary endeavors. Luckily enough some find Jah on their sides. They get helping hands and rise to become stars with ego. But trust me, when they become stars, accepted by the masses and start getting huge amounts of cash, they feel that is all to it.
I remember one Kumasi –based Hiplife artiste who now happens to be an evangelist “confessing” that he got the inspiration and urge to write out the lyrics of a hit song some years back, in the course of having sex with one of his numerous girlfriends at a time he was married with children.
The face of money and fame makes them feel they can make it to higher heights on their own on the music scene. When such musicians decide to take fate in their own hands but do not focus well, they lose their sense of direction, focus, common sense, and moral uprightness and rather channel their great talents into unnecessary ventures.
These talents churn out songs that are disgusting and teach no morals; songs that would make you excitingly confused and surprised. This is what I term as ‘’negative creativity’’.
I believe music is a universal language purposely meant for entertainment and education to those who listen to it. But trust me, any form of music that only spells out sexual prowess and sexual urge can never be said to be educative. Such songs only end up eating up the moral fiber of the public.
You don’t expect people to listen to such useless songs and still be morally upright .The earlier such songs are discouraged, the better. Those media houses that encourage and air such music works, should bow their heads in shame; in fact they are a disgrace to the same industry they profess they have the passion for and want to develop. Abraham Ohene Djan, please monitor whatever is aired on Fiesta TV.
It is disheartening to fathom why great talents rather channel their talents into music works that have no sense in them. This may sound as an insult but I still stand by it; some songs simply don’t make any sense.
About two months back, Wanluv Kubolor of FOKN BOIS fame made a mess of himself when he revealed to the whole nation, and others watching TV3 outside the shores of Ghana, his unkempt and not good –looking private area and most importantly his manhood which seemed lifeless.
I would be very surprised if any artiste worth his or her salt, knowing what is expected of him/her in the development of the nation through music would do exactly what Wanluv did. What he did was just unpardonable…totally unpardonable and unnecessary.
For all you know, Wanluv thinks he is a good role model for the youth. Hmmmm……………………………If an artiste’s talents is geared towards moral decadence ,like what Wanluv makes me believe, at least he should have spared us that nasty sight. He should rather go on spitting out unnecessary songs of sexual imagery than come on national television to paint an ugly picture.
I won’t be surprised if some viewers’ televisions got spoilt as a result .In fact, for his actions many people will have good grounds to believe and think that those who become musicians are those who are useless,lazy,morally bankrupt and wouldn’t want to educate themselves.
Is Wanluv without any manager or management team? What role does Panji play in Wanluv’s music career? Hasn’t he got friends within the music industry who can sit him down and put some some sense into his head?
I am very sorry if this sounds as an insult but I believe it’s about time truths are said no matter how painful they may be. Does his partner, Mensah of FOKN BOIS advise him? A big “NO” will be the right and obvious answer.
One big question that comes to mind is whether Wanluv or FOKN BOIS for that matter are part of MUSIGA? If so, what has the Obour –led MUSIGA Administration done about the situation.
As if Wanluv’s indecent exposure on TV wasn’t enough, Wanluv himself and his partner Mensah were captured in a video footage raining insults at Blakk Rasta apparently for comments made by the former in respect of Wanluv’s unannounced sexual exposure.
They took turns in verbally assaulting Blakk Rasta. This video footage was on the internet worldwide. And one question I ask myself is whether the FOKN BOYS can mount any platform and educate their fans on the need to be morally upright when they themselves do otherwise?
Certainly I don’t expect them to preach what they don’t practice. I am baffled with what they use their talents for; just making songs, performing at shows and making money? If that is the case, I don’t see myself tagging them as stars. I can’t imagine a star or a celebrity walking through town bare-footed, with just a cloth, skirt or a wrap over his lower body and without any “pioto”, all in the name of branding. Yes it may be branding but if you ask me, I would say, the FOKN BOYS have great talents but then they channel their talents into negative creativity and negative branding.
This is my opinion and I will stand by it at anytime. I wouldn’t be surprised if there is a response to my comments but I still stand by them.
To buttress my point, I watched a music video by the FOKN BOYS with moral support coming in from Yaa Pono.I got convinced that the FOKN BOYS were really gifted musically but then they had lost focus and were now kings of negative creativity .The music video was just too profane. The title of the song itself as shown on TV did not make any sense.
It was just an arrangement of some alphabets. The lyrics in the songs were morally absurd. This is one song that should be condemned outright. The song was virtually talking about sex and gestures signifying sex were abounding in the video.
In the video you could see Wanluv making a circle with his thumb and first finger of one hand and using his first finger of the other hand, thrusting in and out of the circle.
Their profanity is profound. Songs are meant to educate and entertain but for once, this song was just too bad; morally bankrupt, in bad taste and a bad influence to the youth.
The FOKN BOYS should sit up .They are not doing themselves and their fans any good. They don’t deserve to be tagged as stars or role models. Going out of the country to the white man’s land and getting paid in dollars or pounds sterling for performing on stage doesn’t make one a star.
I even wonder what the meaning of “FOKN BOYS” is. Maybe they are conscious of the kind of songs they want to do, hence their name. I rest my case.