African music in danger

Post on 09/09/2013 | Author: Laetitia EBINE

For over the past years Africa has been well known for its cultural activities, it's variety of ethnic traditions, music and many other things. It has been a pride for most African countries to have different artistes in various domains and music in particular, bring up their names.

Some examples could be Youssou Ndour from Senegal, Amadou & Mariam from Mali, Manu Dibago from Cameroon, Koffi Olomide from Congo, and Cheb Khaled from Algeria etc. All these great figures are remarkable images of the African culture and are highly respected today for this. 


Number of youths have been inspired and are now preparing to take over. It's quite impressing the number of youths who have been inspired by these great figures and are excited about having their names printed on this glorious honor board. However, a very rampant disease is eating up this image of Africa made out of hard work and sacrifices. Pride! Some years back a group of dynamic youngsters called “La jet set” brought in a new musical concept “couper décalé”, and today others like them brought in another one which is “azonto”. All these are not a problem in a whole; the problem today comes from the alarming behavior of some young artistes. The lack of valuable messages in the songs is just another point to take note of. The youths are progressively losing their culture!


The main problem in my opinion is this over exaggerated pride which some of them feel. It has gotten to the extent where some of them call themselves names like “god of this or that music” criticizing other musicians and ever doing their most efficient job “clashes” or should we use video battles. Yes! African music has been reduced to this. The story which drew my attention towards this deplorable situation is a recent affair between two Ivorian singers DJ Arafat also known by his fans as “Koro hè Koro hè” and many other extravagant names on one side and Franck Dicaprio on the other. They recently had a music clash in which the first was insulted the other calling him all sort of names and shouting out loud he was “HIV positive”; an affirmation which is still to be confirmed. The later on his side said he was a bad artist because all he could do is cause the down fall of other artistes. He equally called his a wizard!


Let’s take time to figure out the fact that they both have fans who are generally of the young age and who follow all these activities, taking part for one artistes or the other by commenting on the videos and giving their point of view on who best insulted or who is right! This is certainly not the way in which they are too influence their fans. They are to be models and examples as their predecessors where for them. I can hardly imagine and Africa of tomorrow with so much hatreds for one another all this in the name of pride and celebrity!

I have of African music is that which makes you proud wherever you find yourself in the world, that which makes you dance to it’s amazing rhythms, that which reminds you of where you come from no matter where you are found, the one which make you scream loud THIS IS MY AFRICA. I therefore hope that youths like me or elders too will pass out this message around them to let know that Africa has not lost its morals and most of all its culture; but keeps on promoting its values and its talent trough the present generations and the ones to come.



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