Music of Nigerian acts should be relevant to society – Chyzzi
Afrobeat exponent, Chyzzi, has stressed the need for Nigerian musicians to ensure that the content of their music is relevant to the socio-political and economic realities of the people. He also stressed need for the music to have a message.
Born in Port Harcourt and schooled in Nigeria and Ghana, the twenty-six-year-old music singer, whose real name is Harrison Chimzim Anokwuru, stated that intellectually inclined music fans yearn to hear substantial messages from songs, adding that the demand for music with a message has begun to grow steadily.
The Afrobeat singer said: “ The music market in Nigeria has started producing songs that have concepts, songs that are not empty, that tell a story, music that have messages. This market gradually grew with more music lovers looking out for content in music. Conscious music is here to stay.”
Chyzzi said artistes like “2Baba, Wizkid, Burna Boy and others, showed the light, the path to making conscious music. “Music that talks about society, music that uplifts, teaches and at the same entertaining,” he added.
According to him, there was once a stereotype among Nigerian music artistes when the general content of a song was not the reason why the song was being written and produced. He stressed that reasons like, ‘can people dance to it,’ ‘can it be played in the club,’ ‘would it be a DJ’s preference at a party’, were mostly the reasons why music was being made.
He argued, however, that the era was gone with today’s written songs that have messages and are more meaningful.
Describing himself as a conscious artiste, Chyzzi believed that his background, experience, environmental and societal awareness, played an essential role in his music production.
“My everyday experience and background play a huge role in my lyrics. This helps me pass a message with my music and this is directed towards the young individuals in the community. Every environment I find myself, plays a role in the inspirational aspect as I often use my day-to-day experience and vices in society as a message in my tunes. The aim is to create sweet music with consciousness to inspire the youths, spread love and empower the listeners via motivational verses,” the artist revealed.
Chyzzi noted that he is an artiste that built himself up by learning how to use many recording softwares, adding that he created a home studio to practice and improve his art.
He stated that he released his first single in 2017 entitled ‘Paranoid’, which featured his label mate, adding the single got massive airplay and good reception globally.
The award-winning global artiste said he is destined for stardom, as his current EP is topping charts and doing the numbers.
He disclosed that his recent performance at an event alongside Wande Coal got massive turnout, pointing out that his body of work, ‘Hymn of A Negro’ has so far garnered over sixty million plus streams across all platforms.
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