Legendary singer and songwriter Zack Roberts has described musicians whose music lyric promote the use of drugs and abuse of women as “untalented and disrespectful.”
Zack Roberts, who is noted for hit songs like “Keep on Trying and Sweet Liberia” with his former bandmate Geebah, said it is disheartened that the young generation of musicians are not treading on their path that led to a growing and vibrant music industry, which was destroyed by the country’s 14-year civil war.
“The Keep on Trying” singer added that because of their rude and inappropriate music lyric, they continue to remain where they are and will find it difficult to attract investors to Liberia’s struggling music industry.
“When we were making music, it was about positive message whether the song was love or societal issue. But nowadays, that’s the contrary, with almost every music coming from these young artists offensive,” Zack Roberts said. “If they are not abusing women, they are talking about drug use—a situation which makes their music repugnant and is causing more harm to the society than good.”
Zack added that music has power and influences people to make certain discussion; therefore, music that promotes drug use and abuse women are harmful to the society and should not be allowed on radio stations.
“You consider yourself a positive road model, yet you influence the kids to be rude to a woman and encourage them to take drugs. Such music influence kids to misbehave because it is presented to them as a good thing. Call me old school, but their style of music today is not on the path of what we started. As a result, their fame will just be for a while. You cannot expect people who have the resources to invest in your music when you are abusing and leading their kids astray,” he said.