Recently, I had a conversation with one of the great musicians in our country Ghana and it was an eye-opener. Not that I didn’t have knowledge about the conversation but her point of view gave me a whole new level of understanding. She came out one time on her Instagram platform about the extent to which social media in general affected her and she encouraged others to share their stories if they have any. While I expected good stories about how social media has helped in improving their lives, all I saw was the negativity which has left a mark in their lives forever. Inasmuch as they wish to do away with it, it is never easy.
Music is universally recognised as ‘soul food’. It is believed that the soul just like the body requires sustenance, so it is almost impossible to go through the day without ‘feeding your soul’. The consumption of music has increased exponentially because of technological advances. Ghana’s music industry is one of the fastest growing in the country. It offers Ghana an opportunity to promote our national culture. It has also been used on several occasions to put across social and political messages and has proven to be a great avenue for transmitting information. Messages that are otherwise shunned are somehow easier to listen to and even accept when it is transmitted through music. The internet has also become an effective medium for accessing music- both by streaming or downloading it directly.
‘Do not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil’
…a few moments later…
‘What did I just say!?’
It probably didn’t go down like that back in the beginning but we are all familiar with the story about the fall of man. We know how it goes; God specifically told man what not to do and when he turned his back, man did the complete opposite of what he had been told. Inherently, we see the rebellious nature of man throughout the generations, even as kids, when you tell us not to do one thing, for some weird reason, that’s the exact thing we hasten to do.