Music is a gift to humanity. It is a disease passed on from generations to generations with no cure whatsoever. Music can never be extinct. It’s the only language every human from every part of this world understands. It is famously called the food for the soul. In fact, music, according to Alphonse De Lamartine; a French writer and poet, is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.
Music speaks in emotions and invokes our deepest feelings without speaking words. It is useful in many ways, differently. Its uses include passing on information be it good or bad. Also, used to create awareness of any type. It is literally a means of communication. Why do you think any events be it social events or corporate events employs music as a tool for entertainment? Obviously to pull a crowd and spice up the event. Clearly, nothing in this world of ours is complete without music.
Now let’s talk about music as a weapon. Take a child in school taught a song about a particular topic and taught another topic orally. A few years later, if such child stumbles on those topics, he/she will remember the topic taught with a song and will almost not remember anything from the one taught with spoken words – if not all.
Music is therapy; it works like magic. It makes the sad forget their worries and learn to laugh again. It rejuvenates a dead soul and reinforces a broken heart. When the music you relate to is playing around you, you sing along and become happy.
The Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti used his music as a weapon to fight against corruption in Nigeria’s government not leaving out all African countries either. His music spoke against not only the corrupt government but also the unruly behavior and wayward lives of every man – regardless of any race you are. And one wouldn’t push away the fact that his music is enjoyable when it comes to entertainment, too.
Meanwhile, musicians nowadays should keep in mind the kind of message they pass on their music. Music is drastic; it impacts lives in ways we can’t imagine. According to Late Fela Anikulapo Kuti, music is a spiritual thing; you don’t play with music. Sadly, the majority of musicians today influences both the old and young negatively; glorifying crime, unruly behavior, and the uncensored use of vulgar languages. However, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that we have musicians that impacts the masses positively with their music.
Finally, I’ll say it’s left to us masses to start looking at the positive side of any music we listen to be it secular or gospel or any other genre of music. If it doesn’t impact you positively or pass the message you want, thrash it and raise awareness about it. Let us mold music to a weapon of positivism; a weapon for our future.
This article was written by Ojo Olawale Samuel; connect with him on IG here