Who should ban profane music? Okyeame Kwame asks

Okyeame Kwame

Okyeame Kwame

Music is important. It is able to develop the human thoughts and decisions. Therefore music can be used as a tool for both positive and negative purposes.

The promotion and circulation of profane and sèx related music in the music industry has attracted much concern from a lot of people who think it is supposed to be banned. Our Ghanaian society understand the importance of sèx, it is only that we do not want it in pop culture.

Some think it is not good for children consumption since our kids are sometimes found singing these songs, internalizing the lyrics and unsuspectingly practicing its contents. Others look at their religious backgrounds and affiliations and discourage the listening of such songs because it does not tally with their teachings.

But there is a functional group of people who believe that sèxually related music is more fans and promotes continuity in adult sexual activities, so it is equally important as the other themes in music.

Anthropologist in popular culture, Peter Arthur, views Ghanaian music as a documentation of the mind of the trendy Ghanaian, which is both the performer and the listeners for further studies and historical purpose.

It therefore means that if in the 19th century, the public had majority of music which always talk about fashion, the listeners and performers must have then been in a fashion craze.

So now that some people believe that there is mostly sèxual related music trending in the industry, you can give the conclusion. But because music works between the performer and listeners, the musician thinks that when the subject is sèx related, people can identify with it because that is the order of the day.

Looking at the concerns raised by the people who believe profane music negatively affects society against the ones who believe it is ok, should we ban profane music at all? If we should, who is to ban it?

Concerned ones ask, is it the National Communications Authority, National Media Commission, Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Censorship board, Local leaders, or Religious leaders?
According to the 1992 constitution,

Article 6(1) all persons shall have the right to-(a) freedom of speech and expression, which shall include freedom of the press and other media ;(b) freedom of thought, conscience and belief, which shall include academic freedom;

But the same constitution says in Article 12 (2) that even in the exercise of these rights, other people’s rights and freedoms must be respected and for the public interest. So is it acceptable that if the interest of majority of the public is found in music with profane content, we cannot entirely let it out of the industry but we can still do something about it?

In the past, MUSIGA could have easily ban music by liaising with radio presenters and DJs to stop playing music with profane content, but now the social media will have it trending even if radio presenters and DJs stop playing.  We also know that in the past most of the banned tracks eventually not only became major hits but classics. The rim is available for your comments.

Kindly share the best ways you think the industry can control the circulation of profane music.

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