Thursday, July 28, 2011
26th July 2011
Amy Winehouse's death teaches us many things. Ms Winehouse shall be regarded as a legend for many years to come off the back of just 2 albums; 'Frank' and 'Back to Black'. That in itself proves the long held cliche that Quality > Quantity. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. Also, it reinforces a view I've consistently favored. Artistes would always die, the Music they make on earth is what their legacies would be based on. If your Music can't/won't last the test of time, you should consider an alternative occupation.
Kanye West is my favorite musician. Jay Z is my second favorite artiste. So you can imagine how excited I was when Kanye tweeted around this time last year that an EP featuring both of them was in the works. With time, that changed to an LP which has finally received a concrete feasible release date. 'The Throne' as they've now asked to be known had a 10 minute mini documentary that details the recording process behind 'Watch The Throne'. For me, it was another opportunity to engage in my obsessed fan ways. However, I also picked up a valuable lesson. There's a clip of Kanye in 2002 where he says "When I do my album, I'm gonna take it to the next level." You're probably tired of hearing me say this but having Confidence is so essential in fulfilling our dreams. If you want people to believe in you, you've got to believe in yourself. The Documentary also highlighted a tweet from Kanye where he said "I was in the audience at the Hard Knock Life tour" in reference to Jay Z's 1999 tour and that dear friends, represents another cliche that's very valid. Hard work would help you accomplish your dreams and ambitions.
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With regards to people our age who make Music, it's worthy of note that most people make music rapping in American, Jamaican or 'Brap' Accents. Not too many problems with that but won't it be better if we did things that are more likely to strike a chord with our people? If D'Banj's G.O.O.D Music signing proves anything, it's that what we might term as 'local sounding' music CAN be successful. Keep it the way our people would be more familiar with. Rationally, I'll expect a defense along the lines of "Our Music isn't targeted for Nigerians. We're looking global". Nonsense. You have to start from somewhere. If you can't make Radio in your own backyard, there's no way you can go beyond that.
My views on Goodluck Jonathan's Single Term/Tenure Elongation proposed bill: NONSENSE!! By making it a maximum of one term, all motivation for the Politician's to sit down and come up with great ideas on how the nation could progress is gone. The main motive would be to gain Power and possibly steal as much as possible whilst ensureing that next election, the incumbent's favored candidate wins and subsequently offers protection for his 'godfather' thus possibly setting in motion a dangerous cycle of poor governance. With the maximum two term system we have, we can still vote out ineffective leaders. See the likes of Alao Akala and Ohakim losing their seats in the last elections. With Mr Jonathan's proposed bill, this goes out the window. Being stuck with the wrong leaders for a long time could be very damaging to the Democracy we're attempting to build.
The only thing that could possibly make my views budge is if the Immunity Clause is removed. And even then, I'm still highly doubtful those behind the anti corruption agencies would desist from using the threat of prosecution against people who oppose the mainstream political forces. I'm also disappointed that this represents Goodluck's first genuine proposal despite being sworn in as President about two months ago. In my opinion, it is pretty much equivalent to Obasanjo's 3rd Term Bid and would have been much better if it was set in motion halfway when his tenure could be judged and an idea of what his legacy as President would hold.
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