The Supremacy of Creative Power

Thursday, January 10, 2013
It is said that Tracy Chapman was turned down by some recording companies who felt that her style of music lacked commercial viability at a time when music fans were flowing with the tide of Hip Hop. She refused to yield and eventually became a global superstar. In South Africa, the late Reggae superstar, Lucky Dube, had problems with his recording company when he wanted to switch from Mbaganga, a South African native music that he played, to Reggae music. The authorities of the recording company felt that Reggae would not sale as much as Mbaganga would and will thus result in financial reverses for the company. Lucky Dube left the company to start his reggae career and became global phenomenon inspiring many during his two-decade period before his death in 2007.
Musicians are exceptional people with the capacity to make new inventions in the area of their act. It thus amounts to locking their creative power to insist that they must continue to play music that promoters consider prototypical. The industry is one that thrives only when there is unconditional freedom for people to unleash their imaginative wits.

Music promoters no doubt play an indispensable role in whatever good the music industry has given the world. It is normal for anyone in business to watch out and guard against losses. It is however, noteworthy that promoters must understand the nature of the people they deal with. The exceptionality of music artist is such that, must times, they are ahead of the rest of us in the sense that they play what is sometimes difficult for us to comprehend. As a result it sometimes passes out as failure only for future generations to discover the marvel in the project eventually. In view of this, promoters must learn to respect the opinion of music artists and take it as part of the pains of being in showbiz.
Thanks to the stiff-neckedness of musicians. As I often said, musicians' perception of their talent gives them an unusual confidence. After the departure of Norval Marley, leaving his wife, Cedella Booker, and son Bob Marley, back in Jamaica, the wife found another husband, moved to the US and sent money for her son, Bob Marley to move to the US and live there. Marley moved to the US but at the back of his mind, he knew that what he wanted was in Jamaica. So he only worked there, saved money for his dream and eventually moved back to Jamaica, where he joined the Wailers and worked with them to actualize his dream. The US is a place a young man from the third word would want to live in. Bob was an exceptional youth with exceptional gift that showed him to a direction where he would become a king, reigning over a kingdom. The ripples of his work travelled to all corners of the planet and triggered off a chain reaction that only Heavens know when it would end.
The talent of music artists made them so insistent that they sometimes go on to record, at their own cost, what their recording companies have expressly branded as unacceptable and simply live them in their personal archives. As one music artist once said, "the world never learns to respect you until you are dead." Part of that respect is the recognition of works that were rejected while they were alive. Thanks to the inventiveness and stiff-neckedness of musicians. These are the factors that have ensured the evolution and, consequently, the attraction of the music industry and the beautiful colors with which they have painted our planet.


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