Your Temporary Just Curious Fix
What started out as a rather uneventful day ended up provoking so much thought into this music industry of ours. There I was channel hopping on a random weekday and out of the blue popped iSkelegeqe esifocused Mandoza with his new single ” I’m sorry” taken from the album….Ag never mind let me not pretend I even know or care what it’s called. Watching that music video almost caused my death as I gasped, burst out laughing and then proceeded to choke on a peanut.
I was shocked at the seriousness of this song of his and even more shocked that it was good enough to be played at such an hour. I then began to wonder if I’m the only one out there that thinks Mandoza’s days of making a comeback (which mind you has been years if not a decade in the making) have long gone. How have people responded to this rather below average “hit” single? While pondering all these things I then started asking myself what exactly good music is in a world where lyrical content and delivery have been replaced by ones new making ability and appearance.
I mean let’s be honest, Soulja Boy is not exactly a ball of talent, yet here he is topping charts and rolling in the money…literally…and all by the tender age of 20. Could it be that Pretty Boy Swag? And at the opposite extreme you have the T-Pee’s of the world who just ooze talent but have been reduced to providing vocals for every Tom, Dick and JR, who then go on to enjoy success on every other radio station’s chart. Could it be because he lacks that Pretty Boy Swag?
What is it that attracts us to Cali Swag District? Who by the way blatantly took a bite out of that Teach me How to Jerk song with their Teach me How to Dougie. They zoom all the way up the charts, get massive airplay and their video is all over BET, MTV and Channel O while musicians like Brian Temba, Lemar and Monica enjoy only moderate success and popularity.
And what is up with Phumeza? Lawd Oh Lawd. From who told you that I’m a man eatering to bad for meing with that ghastly performance on Live (LMAO at the failed Beyonce leotard and courts. C.O.U.R.T.S. Geezas this chick). Is this what someone out there calls good music and rushes to their nearest music store for? Practically inaudible vocal arrangement and production?
The sad thing is she is absolutely gorgeous and really can sing but clearly she needs a proper producer who will do wonders with her voice and a manager who will do wonders for her career (and that doesn’t include the occasional Ponds ad).
That being said…in an age where the sole requirements for a booming musical career are a great ass, featuring Akon, Lil Wayne or T-Pee on a song or three and a drug problem, what the hell is good music because evidently sheer talent doesn’t matter. Must one “bitch” and “ho” in order to sell millions? Brian McKnight (heaven knows what happened to him), Brenda Fassie and Mariah Carey didn’t do it.
Frankly I’m disappointed that a nonsensical song like Pretty Boy Swag can climb into the top ten on the Billboard charts while thousands of musicians out there, who actually possess superb talent and deliver first-rate quality music, fail to even reach the top 20 of such charts. It truly is frightening that the standards have sunk to such a low that music becomes more about the amount of flesh shown than talent which today is harder to find than Kelly Khumalo’s virginity.
Good Music…Bad Music… What’s the Difference?
By Helen Namponya ©
LOLOL @ “talent which
today is harder to find than
Kelly Khumalo ’s virginity.”
#DeathByGuestBloggers! Diva_Hellen wa masimba?! Bring back old original JC toe?
Am 1st and 2nd ohh I love this dull grey house it rocks.
ohk back to topic……..
Kwahahaha Khamu. old JC will back.
This is serious gape! I was listening to a song, and I heard ‘stove in the kitchen, pot on the stove, water boiling’ um, okay!!
*dead* Zeal is that a track? tjo
there is Jozi “Legs gonna spread”
Most of the SA artists i listen to their music if i like the artist even if its wack smh.NOo comment on Soulja Boy i love him.
Artist r now making bull n they r calling it music…I guess u don’t need to be talented this days coz if u r u r going down…I really don’t see the point of having competitions like idols especially in SA coz the winners don’t crack it man…where is jody?…if u want to sell cds u got to make wack music but only if use America tltltl…mina I’m warming up to house music at the moment coz really…
This is from this new autotuned RnB, to Pop- guys Lady Gaga, seriously? and Hip Hop. Lyrics are just NOT cool and don’t get me started about Jozi, Big Nuz and them other ‘musicians’. Why do people think that Lira is such a hit? Her stuff is real and so is the ish by Afrikaans musicians- the bit that I understand and that is why they are the toast of the music industry. Brian Them et. al just need hectic PR to be done on their part otherwise the music bizness will only cater for those who’s trashy music can pay the bills and get them rolling in the dough. People like the Soulja Boy
I feel like crying everytime i hear JR’s songs (the non-motswako ones) and hear nothing from Mo Molemi!
Zubz gets very little airplay and my ears are bombarded by katy perry…makes me naaar!
Oh Ntshepeng esp that horrendous Tequila song…
Zeal I heard that pot on the stove….the horror
Just thought of thet Mawillies song Igagu and it was a hit
Buhlebonga I so agree.
Tjo Buhle, that tequila song grates my teeth! I still hate the “bigger circle” song and dont care how popular it got- it’s a KAK song! Wont say much about the video
PS: What was that you said about Lira? i keep reading that sentence and still dont get it.
I’m saying that Lira is a hit because her music is real and the lyrics give you something to ponder about, instead of 1 tequila, 2 tequila, 3 tequila crap we are subjected to
UMandoza kuphelile ngaye shame…he can go back to being a gangster now.
Hee Fezzy 2think he had an opportunity to make it big financially ngoba nje ubenogazi ebalungwini bemthanda ….phela Mandoza’s tickets will b sold out in 2days following an announcement kwi highveld stereo…..not dat hes a gud singer or his lirics made sense ….. I wished dat opportunity was given to sum1 smart …. rememba NKALATHA it was def a hit …..nkebe re boa so hes rolling in millions………mmmh
and then there was Rebecca Malope with….. ‘My mother was a kitchen girl’– cant help but laugh when i see the vid on advert
DUDE that song is a pure SMH of note! I really have never seen such nonsense in my life. I mean so what if your mama was a kitchen girl? What does that have to do with you? Stupidness nje. She must just quit while she’s still on ‘top’- I know she fell down years ago, but ja
geezas phumeza is hott!
i can fcuk her for tracks..somebody tell her mshefy says
LoL.. haai shame Mandoza is really “off” shame, the song just dont make any good , he probably thought skeeming the Liquid Deep guy will do some benefit maar no no senyo! the Soulja boy yooo lo bo bucwebe bu phandla a mehlo wami so listening to him will certailny hurt my ears, haai ke usisi Phumeza ga ke so bone her Video yet…
JR is for ever my favourite(making the circle bigger, dig that track!)
All the latest that they are releasing now is crap, that’s why I still listen to the old music and only a few artist who are releasing currently some artist are still keeping in their old style of making music talking about the likes of Eminem, Monica, Keyshia Cole all the other crap like soulja boy are just not worth my time!!! I dont even want to talk about local music, talk a bout a plane crash!!!!
I beg to differ with you faith re:local music, talk a bout a plane crash!!!!
I mean we still have good mucians like Thandiswa, HHP , Liquid Deep, Lira, Freshly Ground, so really lets not generalise torho…
I’m not so sure about HHP. Personally all his songs sound the same to me. Actually gets rather boring
HHP has really lost it coz he went all commercial on us and that was when he lost it. It’s cool for him to make money and be a cross over artist, but losing listeners in the process…
Haau really!!!I am still following him waitsi and I know most people are…
But he has just lost the oomph that he hit the scene with. I mean Tuks and them are still cool coz they didn’t lose that Motswakoness because they didn’t let commercialisation ruin their music
Well if you look at it from the chart toppers rule you might be mislead. When Lil’ Wayne came out with his 3rd Album he was featured on every video/album BUT the sales on his Album were sucking. same with Eminem Ruhanna the list is endless. Chart-topping dont mean sales or good music because most peole (like myself) dont buy crap music.
I must say some local muso’s are just forcing things .im talking about the likes of JOZI,MR SELWYN and abo PSYFO why dnt they just quit..talking about JOZI I just cant stand their most recent singles africa and that other song.
JOZI ARE NOT making music…
What are they making ? LOL
Noise nje… taking good classic and making them frothy nonsense so that them krumper kids can dance to their noise. What tosh!
HHP stopped making good music two albums ago..
Thank you and that was after Strictly Come Dancing!
Buhlebonga u really sound like a playa-hater…
so now that I speak my mind, I’m a hater??? I jsut said that his music has changed that is all and I am NOT happy with it coz I was a fan.
No babes, he is just expanding his wings, have you heard of his latest collabs with other artists?thats what i call Creativity and fitting well with other fellow musicians…
the othe people who are supposed to STOP making noise and stupid songs is/are TKZEE, gosh i heard one of thier latest songs, dont know what is called but its pure CRAP.
Pro Kid and Deep Soweto are still the ish. Even though Deep Soweto is not marketed that well. They are still good.
Deep Soweto? havent heard of them yet…
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