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Good Music..Bad Music..What’s the Difference?

Guest Post by Helen Namponya

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these things I then started asking myself what exactly good music is in a world where lyrical content and delivery have been replaced by ones new making ability and appearance.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 ©

Twitter:  @Diva_Helen


40 comments on “Good Music..Bad Music..What’s the Difference?

  1. Twinkyyy
    August 4, 2010

    LOLOL @ “talent which
    today is harder to find than
    Kelly Khumalo ’s virginity.”

  2. khami Ndau
    August 4, 2010

    #DeathByGuestBloggers! Diva_Hellen wa masimba?! Bring back old original JC toe?

  3. Twinkyyy
    August 4, 2010

    Am 1st and 2nd ohh I love this dull grey house it rocks.
    ohk back to topic……..

  4. Twinkyyy
    August 4, 2010

    Kwahahaha Khamu. old JC will back.

  5. Zeal
    August 4, 2010

    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!!

  6. Twinkyyy
    August 4, 2010

    *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.

  7. Lue
    August 5, 2010

    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…

  8. Buhlebonga
    August 5, 2010

    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

  9. Ntshepeng
    August 5, 2010

    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!

  10. Buhlebonga
    August 5, 2010

    Oh Ntshepeng esp that horrendous Tequila song…

  11. Diva_Helen
    August 5, 2010

    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.

  12. Ntshepeng
    August 5, 2010

    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.

    • Buhlebonga
      August 5, 2010

      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

  13. Fezzy
    August 5, 2010

    UMandoza kuphelile ngaye shame…he can go back to being a gangster now.

    • Sk
      August 5, 2010

      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

      • Sk
        August 5, 2010

        Meant Nkalakatha

  14. tzhavzin
    August 5, 2010

    and then there was Rebecca Malope with….. ‘My mother was a kitchen girl’– cant help but laugh when i see the vid on advert

    • Buhlebonga
      August 5, 2010

      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

  15. rawknaitmusic
    August 5, 2010

    geezas phumeza is hott!
    i can fcuk her for tracks..somebody tell her mshefy says

    August 5, 2010

    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!)

  17. faith
    August 5, 2010

    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!!!!

      August 5, 2010

      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…

  18. Diva_Helen
    August 5, 2010

    I’m not so sure about HHP. Personally all his songs sound the same to me. Actually gets rather boring

  19. Buhlebonga
    August 5, 2010

    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…

      August 5, 2010

      Haau really!!!I am still following him waitsi and I know most people are…

      • Buhlebonga
        August 6, 2010

        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

  20. Silvio
    August 5, 2010

    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.

  21. MsOfficialGirl
    August 5, 2010

    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.

  22. Buhlebonga
    August 5, 2010

    JOZI ARE NOT making music…

    • Brown Shuga
      August 5, 2010

      What are they making ? LOL

      • Buhlebonga
        August 6, 2010

        Noise nje… taking good classic and making them frothy nonsense so that them krumper kids can dance to their noise. What tosh!

  23. Ntshepeng
    August 6, 2010

    HHP stopped making good music two albums ago..

    • Buhlebonga
      August 6, 2010

      Thank you and that was after Strictly Come Dancing!

      • OFENTSE
        August 10, 2010

        Buhlebonga u really sound like a playa-hater…

        • Buhlebonga
          August 12, 2010

          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.

          • OFENTSE
            August 12, 2010

            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…

  24. beautybabe
    August 10, 2010

    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.

  25. Crazy Jess
    August 12, 2010

    Pro Kid and Deep Soweto are still the ish. Even though Deep Soweto is not marketed that well. They are still good.

      August 12, 2010

      Deep Soweto? havent heard of them yet…

  26. Miss Helen
    June 15, 2015

    Reblogged this on Helen Blogs Too and commented:
    I wrote this post in 2010, every now and then I read it and have a giggle.

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