Renowned Ghanaian rapper Kwame Nsiah Apau popularly called ‘Okyeame Kwame’ has bemoaned the level of Ghanaian music which has gone down due to the scrapping off music from schools curriculum by former President Jerry.John Rawlings in the 80s.
The ‘small small’ crooner observed that music has not been taught in schools for the past 30 years making it difficult for audience to relate to sophisticated melodies by artistes.
According to him, majority of musicians are forced to follow the trend for survival thereby creating ‘chaff’ songs.
‘…Another thing that made the audience unsophisticated is the fact that in 1981, the structural adjustment programme that Chairman Rawlings and the world Bank instituted took music out of the curriculum in schools, and so for 30 years now, music has not been taught in schools like it should. Because of that the audience are not very sophisticated. And as a musician who has a family to feed, when you go to the studio and you even have sophisticated cords, melodies and projections. You will not even sing them knowing that the audience will not understand your creativity. So you are going to do what everybody is doing, so that you can meet demand and supply challenges, so that you can continue to eat,’ he explained.
Speaking on Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko, the ‘Rap Doctor’ admitted that though the level of music has come down, it still possesses the power to cause social change.
The ‘versatile man’ remarked that majority of musicians have been able to catch the eyes of corporate world for better deals due to branding.
‘Musicians can now make monies from performances than it used to be, but the music itself, I think its level has come down,’ he stated.
He indicated that the philosophy for music in the olden days as compared to today has changed adding that modern singers have craze for money and that they end up churning songs which are not of good content.
According to him, an old musician who used to lace folklores in songs would argue that the current genre of music has lost its social impact.
‘Philosophy of life has changed so has the content. It is still contributing to social knowledge, music is expressing what a lot of young people are feeling now,’ he explained.