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Music forms a very important part of every society. Some of our history and heritage can be drawn from music. In fact, music is important in all aspects of life.

All religions communicate and find solace in music. Some call it soul food, to others it lifts them up when in sorrow and yet to others a source of entertainment. ”If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician, I often think in music. I live my daydream in music. I see my life in terms of music” – Albert Einstein. “Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent”-Victor Hugo.

Over the years, Ghanaian music has badly deteriorated. Most musicians especially hip life artistes sing all about sex and its related activities- so unethical. Some of these musicians either put the profanity in idioms and the more barbaric ones sing it as naked as it is.

The behavior of these artistes also has direct proportionality with their way of life, especially on stage. On the Delay show few years back, kobolo exposed his manhood, female artiste, Raquel exposed her vagina on stage. On this year’s Christmas eve, at the Accra International Conference Centre, Wisa, who composed “ekiki me”-another disguised profane song exposed his penis on stage. Surprisingly, on the same stage and show(December to remember) where Raquel’s also took place. We cannot overlook this insanity anymore, a drastic measure needs to be taken.

All these exposures are grossly unacceptable in our Ghanaian society. Gone are the days when people quickly wrap mad people with their clothes to prevent exposure of their private parts. But today, few years later, sane men and women stand in public to expose their genitals. Don’t dare tell me civilization has taken place. A society without values is like a building without a foundation. Social vices abound in the absence of values.

The musicians exhibit these because there is no direct law that prevents them – their conscience should have. I plead with decision makers especially our parliamentarians to put in place a law to check this insanity in the music industry. And please consumers; be selective in choosing musicians as models. Some of them are uncultured and uncivilized, associating with such are as perilous as being one yourself.

I advise Citi FM to take measures to ensure it does not recur. This is the second occurrence under their auspices. I also urge media houses to stop broadcasting such news because these musicians do this just to make the headlines for their names to be on the lips of all Ghanaians and they achieve their goal because the media is ready to propagate the misconducts.

Source: Felix Frimpong/University of Ghana,Legon/[email protected]

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