SPOTLIGHT: Where Are The Female Liberian Musicians?
I was practically crushing on her, the way she laughed when i cracked my jokes, her eyes glittered like stars as she tried to picture every word that came out of my mouth, we were having a nice time talking about music as we both enjoyed a sweet plate of spaghetti with chicken that at one point i wished didn’t finish. This girl can really sing, her voice can actually give your heart wings to reach a height of emotions it has never reached before, trust me that’s how talented she is mehn! but girls like this are just wasting around. After she left me, i sat down for awhile and i decided to think that if this beautiful girl eventually decides to take music as a career against her Father wishes to focus on her academics,Will she become a superstar? its actually easy to think that women hardly face any challenge in the music industry, many people will say that as long as she can sing, She has a pretty face, and she’s willing to show some part of her body, then no worries mehn! She will be everyone’s favorite girl. This may sound true but i feel there are more factors that determines a females music career in our dear Mama Liberia.
Sweetz is our Liberian TIWA SAVAGE, with pure truth i will tell you that she’s totally awesome, from being one of those voices your ears wouldn’t want to ignore to also being one of those faces to watch out for on our screen by taking a step to act in her first ever movie “PROVIDENCE”, it will be stupid not to love her mehn! So lets go with the common believe that as long as you can sing angels down from the sky, A pretty face, and you’re so hot to the extent that you can make the sun to sweat then you have an automatic pass to soar as a female artist, Hmm.. is this working for sweetz? To be honest with you, it didn’t work for long mehn! this can lift you up actaully but it wont keep you up there.
By the way, Sweetz started well with a massive hit song featuring the Legend, Late QUINCY B “MY PLEDGE”, that song opened the peoples heart to the Adorable presence of SWEETZ, It was like any song she drops after that evergreen hit will just have the people feeling the same way, but mehn! things changed FOR SWEETZ. At some point the country felt QUINCY death was a demoralizing factor for her, not just because they were signed to the same label but as rumors have it, they were lovers, but still some of us felt she could use that as an advantage to get people more attached to her music, to our surprise SWEETZ departed for the united states, and that’s how she became like a ghost to us, felt but not seen.
Trust me, A Liberian man believes more in what he sees than any other thing, but wait o! this seems not only to be a liberian thing but an African mentality funny enough. Lets look at the Nigerian Music Industry for example, I am using Nigeria cause they have the biggest music industry in Africa right now, and no doubt they are worth emulating .
Do you think Tiwa Savage will be the Queen of AFRO POP if she remained overseas? or people like SEYI SHAY, Banky W, Davido, Don JAZZY, DBanj and so on having their share of the fame and fortune in the music industry? See, they wouldn’t have made it that far, cause it was until they returned home that’s when they gained the respect and love of the people, and money started entering their pockets because the people couldn’t do without wanting to see them perform at shows, imagine if they were still abroad and the people actually fell inlove with their brand, hmm! yes, they will get the fame, but like i always say fame doesn’t pay the bills. And that’s obviously because they wont have much shows to go to, the Local audience wont want to spend so much money flying a Nigerian artist back home to come and perform at shows, instead the local audience would rather go for an American artist, and this by the way will actually benefit the promoters more. So now you can see that SWEETZ, SNOTI, MAI MYERS, Bernice Blackie, Scarlett White and Mss MONROVIA just need to comeback home if they really want to make great success in their music career.
These ladies are very international, they have all that it takes to compete with the likes of Tiwa Savage, Yemi Alade, SHEYI Shay, Lola Rae, but the truth is a car wouldn’t function if the engine is placed in another ride, no matter how sleek and dope it is. My ladies, i know what’s on you peoples mind, i wont argue with you, you are right, Liberia doesn’t have the resources that your career needs, Am so sure Tiwa SAVAGE at one point felt NIGERIA had nothing to offer her, but at one point, she realized that there is no place like home, she knew that the best resources a country has is not in the the gold and diamonds but their hearts.
The moment Tiwa came back home and she could capture the peoples heart, she’s been able to give herself all the resources her music requires, its not magic its just common sense.If you come back home you will inspire alot of young female singers, that will lead to strong competition, and trust me it will work for your good, cause the moment that there’s competition you will see growth, and growth i mean investors. And this issue with our Record labels not knowing what to do with our artist careers will stop, cause the record label will not want another label to overshadow them with their own female artist, believe me Artist like the talented Anitram wont just be there at ALM Records fading off gradually, honestly my brabi at ALM Records should please give us more of that damsel, that girl is spectacular. My beautiful Ladies, in few words let me just say that you are the change you are looking for.
WRITTEN BY: EDWIN MOHAMMED ELIC-JALEIBA[CHIEF EDITOR PLUSLIBERIA]