Legendary Singer Zack Roberts Chides Young Artists

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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.

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  1. Zack while it is true that some of the lyrics of young musicians are offensive, I somehow love what is taking place in the music industry in Liberia. I don’t really think the civil crisis from 1989 to 2003 destroyed what you guys started. It gave Liberian musical talent a wake up call.

    During the time of Morris Dorley, we had only 2 or 3 recording artists in Liberia with the ABC recording studio. If it was not Morris Dorley, it was Miatta Fahbulleh, Yatta Zoe or the singers from Kindeja culture center. This was the case until you guys came in late ’70s thereby reording OAU and much better when you and Zack broke away from the LIberian Dreams in the ’80s. Before and during this time, we also had dance bands— Psychedelic 6, Moga, Liberian Dreams, Afro Potential, SamMaps, The Army and Police bands, just to name few.
    Why do I like the climate of Music in Liberia now? Because there are many many recording artists in Liberia today. Even though I refuse to call the musicians, notwithstanding they are trying to put Liberian on the map when it comes to music. In fact there are a group of young people who would prefer only Liberian Music in their parties. This was not the case some 20 years ago. We either listen to American Music, Ghanaian Music, Nigerian Music or anything other than Liberian Music. And Zack you know how the Liberian audience in the ’60s and ’70s considered you a good band if and only if you could imitate those foreign music of the time.
    As one of legendary musicians of Liberian let us encourage the young folks who are in the music business to change from offensive lyrics to lyrics of love and social justice. But I think the atmosphere is good for Liberia.

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