By Zack Mayul
Like any other paying business, music is a critical career that should not just be taken like attending a certain film show in the cinema, or just an abrupt feeling like headache. Just like marriages and relationships, it needs commitment in terms of time and investment of one’s own resources in order to produce something of quality. It is not a race that you must run 10 laps and ascertains yourself that you’re almost to the finish line. No! It is a science of art that must be handle with care, and that’s why you should not be rushing every time you feel like it.
Beyond our borders (South Sudan), every musician has a system to follow. Maybe when he enters into the industry, he is aware of where to find a good manager, which promoters to sign up with and of course, not every show he must attend as an artist or in the name of performing. He can go there like any other ordinary show attendant and gets experience, too. He doesn’t need to remind the MC or the show organizers to perform when he is not in the poster or why his name is missing in the list.
For the case of our music acolytes, it is quiet different and annoying at the same time. Some musicians won’t mind, be it a birthday party, house party for high school leavers, fashion show, or launching of a movie. What they want is to be there and remind the poster why his/her name is missing in it and when the MC remind him that it is none of his business, it could either give birth to a dirty facebook post or releasing a song in the name of putting down him/her or the event organizers.
Honestly, do you need to do that if you are physically and mentally fine? Calm down your tits and give equal chances where they deserve. The MC you’re dissing has a life like you. He was just invited to do his job, and so, you need to respect him. If you were part of the event or rather to perform, then your name won’t be missing in the poster. In case you never know, then cease from this habit. It’s cancerous and killing your reputation slowly. Stop begging to perform in shows that you’re not invited. They know you’re talented, but you’re not the only talented musician in town. Are we clear?
Then another weak ideology with our music calibers, I wish could meet all of you. I would be happy to tell you one thing – that this level of whatApp promotion is not helping you and us. Every time when you record an audio and post a status on Facebook for people to drop their whatsApp numbers or just send the song to whatAapp groups, have you ever given it a thought that majority of the people take it just like any other unsolicited advert? Or do you have an idea that 10% of your group members really download the song and play it? If not, let me remind you that this is what really happens.
We don’t hate you, but we want to push you to the limit until you realizes that there is a difference between doing music as a career and handling is just like hunger situation. Record one or two songs in a year, save the money you go to the studio for recording, look for better directors to facilitate your videos and then afterwards, release those/that song (s).
You can’t compete for international awards when your music is below average and you want them not to give ill comments. We sometimes don’t talk about it because we are used to your problems. Put us down for all you care, but there is world outside there, where musicians sneeze, yarn, cough, and laugh music. Wake up or don’t sleep on your music career because you’re occupying a space for others. Fame doesn’t pay in small packages without hard work.
Zack Mayul is South Sudanese music and entertainment enthusiast