The missing gold in music|

The missing gold in music|

Friedrich Nietzsche wisely said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Everyone listens to music. Whether you listen to Hip Hop, bongo, gospel, genge or kwaito, the point is we all have a taste gland for music.

Music connects to the soul. It is the key to the soul. Different genres have versatile ways of connection. Gospel will get you feeling spiritual, love song will get you feeling lovey-dovey, sad song will get you feeling emotional and some genres will just ascend you to a hyper mood.

Music has had a graduall transformation over the years.

Traditionally, songs had a culture inscribed in the song. Additionally, there was a specific story being told in the song. Whether it was about love, heartbreak or someone specific, there was a story that had a particular theme and a moral lesson covered categorically.

Modern songs have the prospected intentions of just gaining fame. Nowadays, most songs are either about a dance move, a gangster lifestyle, or unrequited ilk of love.

We all miss the educative themed songs. The songs that straightened our wits. Those songs that you could freely listen to with your folks at a sitting.

Music had a magical way of connecting to an individual, you could listen to love song and feel like falling in love that very moment. You could likewise listen to a tupak shakur song and feel the message hitting you with the logic waves.

Music no longer connect to the soul. You are either busy dancing to “bazokizo” or singing along to “lamba lolo.”

Figuratively, When the legends died, they got buried with the skills of making good music.
Music has lost it’s nature of art. It has become a form of making money, a pathway to fame.

With a rise of upcoming artists daily, music has not ceased to evolve. Hip hop has become a mumbling art, RnB no longer focuses on love but lust, Riddim has replaced the Jamaican sensical visage and here in Kenya, Gospel no longer takes you to church.

If music could be the way it was in the past, then maybe life would feel and taste different. We all miss the past music, dont we?


Ian Elroy Ogonji

Writer || columnist || poet || developer

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