From the outset there has been a long bias against women in music (female musicians), they are always deemed as very expendable. And rightly so, female musicians seem to have a shorter career than their male counterparts stemming from obvious reasons such as motherhood, their relationship, age or when their sexual appeal gradually wears off etc. At some point in time they are less sell-able and more of a liability for record labels/companies to keep investing in.
After all, there is really no conspiracy theory against female musicians it is sadly how it is. Worst still the lifespan of female artiste in LIBERIA is apparently leaner than those of her foreign counterparts. It doesn’t come as a shock that no female Liberian artiste has celebrated 10 active years on stage.
Even then, factually speaking the bulk of our female musicians are under performing, only perhaps 2 or 3 have stood out of the herd.
Putting 2018 in full perspective, female Liberian musicians failed to give their male counterparts a run for their talent. Somehow the trio of Da’Vero, Pillz and Faithvonic managed to shine through. Almost towards the end of 2018 the industry birthed a new rap queen who is popularly known as MC Caro.
She came into the game and she has proven to be consistent so far but here is the question “HOW FAR CAN SHE GO?”
Most laudable among the aforementioned female artistes would have to be Da’Vero. None of her female colleagues have done enough musically or otherwise to dare rival her for the title of the queen of Liberian music. Despite all the odds and fast changing dynamics in the LIBERIAN music industry she has kept on shattering glass ceilings.
What is it that other female Liberian artistes are not doing well?
Without mincing words I can draw a conclusion that 90 percent of the females on the Liberian music scenery are very complacent.
Cambridge online dictionary defines complacency as “a feeling of calm satisfaction with your own abilities or situation that prevents you from trying harder.” Often times, the female folks in music get to attain certain level of accolades and achievements and they settle in and get too comfortable with themselves. Suddenly it becomes evident their work is lacking fervor and creativity. For example a certain female artist blew up with a certain type of music and since then she has stuck with the now stale pattern of music. Evolving to something better is a problem with the females in Liberian music.
Not Enough Collaboration With Male Colleagues
One of the reasons most female artistes are washed up is mainly because of the fact that they don’t get to work together enough with their male counterparts and even among themselves.
Despite the above reasons stated, there are also many more factors why it seems female music acts are second fiddle to their male counterparts and easily expendable.
The popular narrative that female artistes work double to get half of what the male music act get is fast becoming cliche. The dedication shown by male artistes is enormous hence the massive influence the wield with music and beyond. The ladies only need to put in more efforts and dynamism into their craft to stay relevant and in the news.
Consistency, Dedication and Passion for your art is key!