Music is about sex, not art

2010-02-13 13:04

THE GRAMMY awards are punted as the “biggest night” in American music, making them the “biggest night” everywhere, seeing that the world refuses to get over American trash.

Keeping up with the teens and tweens in my family, I allowed myself to catch the Grammy fever.

From the red carpet to when Taylor Swift took “album of the year to Nashville”.

The biggest night in music was not just boring; it inspired thoughts like, “maybe I need to go shark cage diving”.

At least that comes with action and adrenaline. Which vexed me because the music industry is fuelled by cocaine, heroine and crack washed down with hard liquor.

Drinks and drugs make for interesting times.

I am not encouraging or (dis)approving. Just confirming what many suspect – entertainers have a bond with mind altering substances.

That’s why they are entertaining.

So why did the Americans pretend to be subdued?

And why was the fashion so dull and timid that my mum – the neck and hemline inspector – declared the it “a yawn?

But my biggest gripe is with the main show.

It was opened by Lady Gaga. She has been called a fashion icon for her “flamboyant” style when all she does is over-the-top bad dress sense.

Pairing her with a bona fide icon and pop star Sir Elton John was thrashing a classic.

As for Gaga being called a ­notable performer? The truth is the difference between Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, Britney Spears etc and a prostitute is that they are whores to beats instead of turning tricks on street corners.

Take Beyonce’s so called performances and videos.

When last was her ass and cookie jar not hard at work?

Cases in point are her videos for the I am Sasha Fierce album. Chineke! She is working her Southern region like it owes her money.

Mind you, I have nothing against sex workers; better if they sell to all while sleeping with few.

But to give accolades and “hail” as musicians and artists?

No! Never!

It is for this reason that the Muslim youths of Malaysia have my respect.

They insist on pop tarts dressing up before hitting their stages; the outside culture they consume has to be delivered on their terms.

Music, even pop, is wonderful.

Musicians and artists have the right to push boundaries. However, peddling music via sex is trashing the art. It takes the thrill out of music.

Even more vexing, is that our pop culture has fallen into the sex pit.

It is not a video unless it features big time ass action.
I
t started with Boom Shaka. It was picked up by Flabba, Chomie and Kelly Khumalo.

It has now reached full steam with that Mabebeza How Low Can You Go? video.

It is telling the tweens and teenagers that a woman can bank on her sexuality.

It tells the many budding black girls who tune into music channels where ass is the staple, that they can be anything they want but why bother with the long route when you can shake your jelly to the almighty fame and cash?

After all, I see and hear more of the pop tarts and video vixens than I do Lira, Thandiswa, Judith Sephuma and Simphiwe Dana. They make music, not sex.

They are the ones whose music needs to be dominating screen time.

Not Beyonce and Lady Gaga’s private parts.

I am not a prude.

I am not jealous of the tarts’ bodies.

I am not even angry at my folly of scrapping a living using the punted brains and talent combo that many professions demand without feeling the need to pay for.

I am just worried that we have allowed our cultural consumption to be sexualised to the point of women offering their bodies instead of the talent they claim to have.

I am also not suggesting that women dress to impress the Taliban.

Femininity is sensual.

We use it daily to cause heart palpitations with raised hemlines and plunging necklines, curve-hugging outfits and an extra layer of red gloss to add oomph to a pout.

It’s called sex appeal. It’s alluring.

Pop music needs to stop making it vulgar.

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