Effective songwriting vital for growth of music — Beautiful Nubia

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Lagos  – A folk music innovator, Segun Akinlolu, popularly known as “Beautiful Nubia,” on Monday said that effective songwriting was very vital for the growth of the music genre.
Akinlolu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that when good songs are written and sang, it made more meaning to the people listening to it.
The musician, who spoke against the backdrop of his forthcoming 6th EniObanke annual music festival, said the event would hold at the EniObanke Arts Centre in Lagos.
He added that the theme for the festival is: “EMUFest 2015”.
Akinlolu told NAN that participants would attend a workshop to acquaint themselves with the intricacies and secrets of effective songwriting and the effective use of the percussion.
“This applies to any kind of music.
“The workshop will in a way, help in promoting good songs and to encourage musicians to write good songs.
“If musicians come out with good lyrical contents and also good sounds, people will enjoy both and dance to good music as well.
“There will be a talent night for artists to showcase their art, in addition to the concerts,” he said.
Akinlolu, however, enjoined all musicians to work hard to enhance the production of good music that would be well structured for upcoming musicians to improve upon.
“I am in a way giving back to the society and helping to make folk music work for our industry.
“We cannot continue to blame ourselves; rather, we should try to use our offices to improve on the things we complain of,” he said.
NAN reports that the EMUFest 2015 would start from Nov. 5 and the gate is free and open to every member of the public at Adekunle Fajuyi Way, GRA, Ikeja.
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On Nov. 6, the festival shifts to Ijebu-Ijesa, Osun State, where legendary high life musician, Chris Ajilo and others would feature as part of the town’s annual heritage celebration called “Egboro Day”.
The festival train would hit Ibadan on Nov. 7, with a concert scheduled to hold at Alliance Francaise, Ibadan.
The grand finale of the EMUFest concert holds on Nov. 8, at the EniObanke Arts Centre, Ikeja.
No fewer than 25 emerging musicians would grace the event, to showcase their works to the accompaniment of live bands. (NAN)

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