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90s music and today’s hits: A clear contrast – Omega Melody

By Oluwadamilola Akinduro

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How do you think the recent ban on spraying money at parties will impact musicians and their careers?”

“Well, it’s definitely a significant change that we have to adapt to. Imposing a ban on the tradition of spraying has really caused a lot of problems for many and has raised concerns in the hearts of some, especially upcoming artists like us. Some fans see it as a platform for expression and a time to celebrate a beautiful piece of music, while others see it as appreciation for the artist’s performance. Also, in this part of the continent where recognition is crucial, such positive displays are inevitable. However, with this ban in place, we are forced to rethink how we engage with our audience and how we convey those same feelings of celebration and appreciation in a different manner. As artists, we thrive on the energy and interaction with our fans, so finding alternative ways to create that same level of excitement becomes crucial. This is part of the impact it has brought. Overall, it’s a challenge, but like any obstacle in the music industry, it’s an opportunity for growth and innovation.”

 The economic situation in the country is getting worrisome; how does it affect your career and the entire music industry?

“The economic challenges in Nigeria certainly cast a shadow over the music industry, affecting both artists and the audience or fans that support us. It’s indeed affecting us seriously. The high cost of living these days makes people plan their parties according to their budgets. If we adjust our fees because of the increased costs, how many people can afford to hire us for an event? Currently, the amount we charge can’t be compared with what we used to charge before. For instance, the cost of transportation is high now. When someone calls you for a show in a remote area, can you imagine the expense involved in transporting your equipment and crew to that place? These are just a few of the many challenges we face. So, this situation really causes a lot of problems for us in the music industry. Ultimately, while the economic situation presents significant challenges, it also serves as a catalyst for innovation and resilience within the music industry.”

How can you rate and compare music from the 90s to the current age?

“The difference is very clear: 90s music can’t be compared to the music of this era. Those songs are evergreen, and the culture, economy, commitment, and virtually everything at that time were different. In this era, there is always competition in the music industry. The level of seriousness, focus, and dedication has drastically reduced. Someone who still needs tutoring or mentoring to be able to render quality music in the future is in a hurry to make quick money. This includes some band members who engage in “band adultery.” The era of geniuses was very dedicated and committed to their bands compared to our generation. Such is the decline.”

Juju music is not as popular as it was in the past. What are the causes of this and what can we do to bring Juju back to the frontline?”

“Well, I don’t agree with that. People still love juju music as much as before, but what I can say is that we have allowed civilization to dominate our personal cultures. However, I am happy to tell you that people still adore juju music because its melody, lyrics, and originality are unmatched by any other genre. To confirm what I just said, you can see that even the pioneers of juju music like Tunde King, Ebenezer Obey, Tunde Nightingale, and I.K. Dairo did their best. King Sunny Ade is still active and influential, and we still look up to him as a father figure. Those of us who are new in the game have infused new vibes into juju music, which keeps people interested. Therefore, juju music remains very popular, and people thoroughly enjoy it.”

About the ban on currency spraying at parties, how is the effect on your music career as a band?”

“The ban on currency spraying at parties certainly has implications for us as a band, especially in terms of our live performances. Traditionally, currency spraying has been a common practice at events, adding to the overall atmosphere of celebration and festivity. Currency spraying also symbolizes appreciation for our music and performances. With this ban in place, there’s concern about how it will impact the overall ambiance and engagement of the audience during our shows. Currency spraying has been a part of the culture at many events, and its absence may create a noticeable void in the atmosphere. Without mincing words, this has really affected us. The way some audience members show love to us, and even to the celebrant on whose behalf we perform, has significantly reduced. Excuses are now flying in the air like bullets, citing that spraying at parties is not allowed. Of course, we don’t want problems for our audience or fans, but there are modest ways of giving at a party now because the ban is only on spraying and not on giving. Financially, it could also affect our earnings from performances, as currency spraying was sometimes seen as a form of appreciation from the audience, and bands would often receive tips or additional compensation during these moments. However, while currency spraying may no longer be an option, we’re exploring other ways to enhance the live experience for our audience and ensure that our performances remain memorable and engaging. Ultimately, our focus remains on delivering good music and connecting with our fans, regardless of the external factors affecting the party scene. But I still emphasize the fact that the ban is on spraying and not on giving.”

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