Akintunde Brown, a musician and a song writer, on Thursday, said that music plagiarism came about because musicians do not research what they want to say to public.
Brown told the Nigeria News Agency in Lagos that some musicians find it easy with what they sing and it is difficult for
He said that some musicians do not try to figure out things but had their influences, which is copying from others.
“Some musicians can write songs, while some find it difficult to do so and they start looking for who to copy from.
“The music also influences what people do, how they think and it helps to relax them and brings out the good in them,” he said.
He said that a musician must use his music to correct, entertain, inform and educate and also to thrill people.
“If they are lacking, it means, you have no business being in the line of music and if you “copycat’’ it means you need to do something else not music.
Brown noted that he was not saying that some people could not write songs for musicians but you have to pay heavily for that.
“If you cannot pay for your songs to be written for you then do not plagiarise.
“If you are sued and the song did not make money; you are in deep trouble and with no money, what percentage
will they work with for you to pay the owner of the song,’’ he said.
The musician said to be on the safe side, musicians should endeavour to do their own thing and do research to enable them get it right and stop plagiarism.
“You hardly hear about these types of things from abroad because they know the business and what should not be done, they know the gravity of plagiarism and nobody would want that.
“Everyone must not be in the music industry, youths should try to know what talents are and pursue that vigorously,’’ he said.
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Majek Fashek’s death, a big vacuum – Musicians
The musicians, in separate interviews, told the News Agency of Nigeria on the telephone in Ibadan, Oyo State that Fashek was an icon that everyone looked up to and emulated.
A female musician, Doyinsola Olatunji, said that Fashek was a legend, who was embodied with good lyrics.
She said that he was one of the best musicians to have come out of Nigeria.
“Growing up, his songs were constantly been played on radios and almost in all homes.
“His lyrics were very educating and to also note is his sonorous voice.
“He was one passionate musician and took delight in passing out the right information through songs, and those songs are indeed evergreen.
“His songs are not just songs that will be forgotten over time.
“He was one of a kind musician and was true to his genre of music and his consistency can’t be quantified,’’ Olatunji said.
Also, Dare Ayelabola, the Chief Executive Officer of ‘Another Level Band’ said that Fashek fought a good fight and eventually left a good legacy.
Ayelabola said that it was indeed good to see that he passed on a better person.
“I’m very happy that after all, he went through, he fought the good fight and a changed man before he died.
“I believe he died leaving a good legacy behind for the younger generations to learn from.
“He was a very good musician that produced good musicians with good lyrics.
“He used happenings in the society to teach and inform through his songs,’’ Ayelabola said.
Ebenezer Obey describes late Majek Fashek as humble, creative musician
Legendary Juju Musician, Ebenezer Obey on Wednesday said that the late Reggae musical icon, Majekodunmi Fasheke popularly known as “Majek Fashek” was a humble and creative musician.
Obey told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the reggae maestro’s death was a painful one, leaving behind a huge vacuum to be filled in the entertainment industry.
Obey said that Fashek was always fond of removing his cap and genuflecting to greet him, which exemplified a humble man.
” I commiserate with the family of Majek Fashek, and pray that the Lord will take care of the family he left behind.
” Nigeria has lost a very talented musician; the reggae musical world has lost one of its greatest musicians.
” I know him to be a very creative and humble man who always genuflect to greet me whenever he sees me, he is always calling me ‘Baba’.
” There is nothing we can do because death is inevitable, I pray that the Lord will be with the family and console them: may his soul rest in peace,” he said.
He said the late reggae musician deserved to be honoured because he had contributed to the growth of the Nigerian entertainment industry.
He was also known as ‘The Rainmaker’ and worked with various notable artistes worldwide.
Majek Fashek promoted African values, rhythm through music — Art council
Enugu State Council of Arts and Culture says African reggae Icon, Majek Fashek promoted African values and rhythm through his danceable and philosophical music.
The Executive Secretary of the council, Chief Edward Okolo, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Enugu.
According to Okolo, Fashek is a great musician, who used his musical art to propagate African culture and value to the rest of the World.
The executive secretary noted that his brand of music deepened the understanding of African culture and life-style to the rest of the world.
“Fashek also popularised reggae music, which is a brand of indigenous music originating from Africa.
“His brand of reggae brought out the original African rhythm in music and makes such music danceable.
“The rhythm of his music such as “Send down the Rain’’ in the Rain Maker Album created an inner reflection and retrospect to the listener,’’ he said.
“African rhythm and rhyme comes from our indigenous drums and the drum makes African music unique and beautiful,’’ he said.
He added that the African music icon gave the world that natural African sound tailored in modern musical instruments.
Feature: Nigerians mourn African music artist Majek Fashek
Millions of his fans have paid tribute to the music talent on social media. “Legends don’t die. They live in our hearts forever,” said Oluwatosin Nwodo, a reggae enthusiast who described herself as one of Fashek’s hardcore fans.
“Majek Fashek was a quintessential legend whose works will live forever … For he was a soldier and tool for change that reggae musicians are, symbolically,” Nwodo further wrote in a short tribute on Facebook.
Through his inspirational reggae music, “Majek Fashek was a rare gift to mankind,” said Felix Duke, president of Nigeria’s Creative Industry Group.
Local media reported that the cause of his death is not clear for now, but he had been ill for some time.
In 2015, there was a hiatus in his career when he landed in a drug rehabilitation center in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, where he recovered and then returned to music.
“I will always remember Majek Fashek for writing Free Africa, Free Mandela, a song he made to lend a voice for the release of Nelson Mandela, then a leader of the African National Congress in South Africa,” said Sammy Wonder, a Nigerian music instructor.
Music industry hits pause to reflect as United States protests rage
Leading record labels will mark “Black Out Tuesday” this week, suspending business and working with communities to fight racial inequality after protests erupted in the United States following the death of a black man, George Floyd, in police custody.
Several top artists have also spoken out in response to the death and subsequent demonstrations, some of which have turned violent.
“We stand with the black community,” Universal Music, part of Vivendi, said on its Twitter account, which featured the hashtag #TheShowMustBePaused.
It said it would contribute to Black Lives Matter and other groups fighting “racial injustice”.
Sony Music made a similar announcement, while Interscope Geffen A&M, part of the Universal stable, said it would release no new music this week.
In a memo to staff over the weekend, Universal CEO,Lucian Grainge, said the company was setting up a task force to work on improving its performance on inclusion and social justice.
“This week, yet again we saw our society’s most painful realities about race, justice and inequality brought — cruelly and brutally — into the harsh light of day,” he wrote in the note, seen by Reuters.
National Guard troops were deployed in 15 states and Washington, D.C. in an attempt to quell a sixth night of violence on Sunday.
The protests were sparked by video footage showing a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd, 46, for nearly nine minutes before he died on May 25.
Beyonce posted a video on Instagram in which she called for justive for Floyd.
“We’re broken and we’re disgusted … I am not only speaking to people of colour.
“If you are white, black, brown or anything in between I am sure you feel (left) hopeless by the racism going on in America right now.”
Several leading artists joined the protests over the weekend, including Ariana Grande.
“Watching my people get murdered and lynched day after day pushed me to a heavy place in my heart!”, Rihanna, a singer-songwriter originally from Barbados, wrote on Instagram.
People attend drive-in open-air musical show in Colombo, Sri Lanka
People attend a drive-in open-air musical show at Ratmalana Airport, a domestic airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 30, 2020. The first experimental Drive-in Concert after the COVID-19 outbreak, which is part of the “Restart Sri Lanka” initiative, was held in Ratmalana Airport premises on Saturday. (Photo by A.hapuarachchi/Xinhua)
Juju musicians salute Shina Peters at 62
The Association of Juju Musicians of Nigeria (AJUMN), has rejoiced with the legendary musician, Sir Shina Peters, as he clocks 62 on Saturday.
The National President of the association, Queen Ayo Balogun, took to her instagram handle to congratulate Peters as she displayed beautiful pictures of the juju maestro.
Balogun also prayed for the celebrant’s progress in life.
“On behalf of my humble self and the entire members of the Association of Juju Musicians of Nigeria (AJUMN), I say happy birthday to an icon, a mentor and living legend, my brother, my friend, my chairman.
“May your years be long in the land of the living; more wins in Jesus name,” she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Sir Shina Peters, a famous Nigerian juju musician born on May 30, 1958, has 16 albums to his credit, including Shinamania released in 1990.
Some other albums of his are entitled: Sewele, Dancing Time, Experience, Mr President, My Child, Love, Splendour.
Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Musicians of Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra perform in Croatia
A conductor of Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra conducts a concert on Swan Island of the Zagreb Zoo in Zagreb, Croatia, May 23, 2020. (Emica Elvedji/Pixsell via Xinhua)
Mariachis delight quarantined Colombians with jolts of street music
The boisterous music – usually heard at family celebrations and raucous birthdays – bursts through the eerily quiet streets of Colombia’s capital, Bogota. The mariachis have arrived.
As the Andean country waits out two months of a national coronavirus quarantine, musicians playing the traditionally Mexican genre are lugging guitars, trumpets, violins, speakers and microphones to street corners, accepting tips from delighted residents who dance on their balconies.
The pandemic and accompanying shutdowns have cut the musicians off from their usual work, band leader Hubert Ramirez said as his group sets up on a new street.
“The poor mariachis are shut in,” said the father of five. “So we decided to go out, we’ll make people happy and they can support us and that’s how we’ll get through this situation.
“There isn’t money left to buy food, let alone pay rent,” said Ramirez, adding the street playing has helped allay some costs. “It’s gone better than we expected.”
Surprised residents often record the serenades on their cell phones and some sing along.
“I think it’s a breath of fresh air during this situation and it takes people out of their houses, their social isolation,” said resident Maria Elena Mondragon.
“They make us smile so we have to support them, help them because they don’t have a way to offer their services.”
“I think it’s marvelous,” she said.
The nation of 50 million people has more than 16,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and just under 600 deaths.
It has been in obligatory lockdown since late March.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara/Silas Nwoha (NAN)
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