Magazine article New African

Music Videos or Porn with Music? Listening to Music with Young Children Can Be Very Embarrassing Because You Just Never Know What Will Be Done Next. Why Is It That These Days, Dancers in Music Videos Do Not Dance with Their Hands, Legs and Faces, but Feature Women Shaking Their Backsides?

Magazine article New African

Music Videos or Porn with Music? Listening to Music with Young Children Can Be Very Embarrassing Because You Just Never Know What Will Be Done Next. Why Is It That These Days, Dancers in Music Videos Do Not Dance with Their Hands, Legs and Faces, but Feature Women Shaking Their Backsides?

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At my home, I keep the television in my bedroom for one reason--I like to monitor what my children watch. But once in a while, I decide to give them a treat and bring it out into the sitting room. Imagine my shock one day when I came home to see my very young (pre-teenage) children watching porn. In the middle of the afternoon! Not that it would have been any better had it been in the middle of the night! Like a mad woman, I rushed to the TV and turned it off. "Oh mummy, why?" came their cries. "What do you mean why? What are you watching?" I demanded. "The new music DVD you bought for us," they replied. "Really?" I asked myself. And to make sure my children were not deceiving me, I allowed them to put the DVD back on. Lo and behold, it was indeed the music DVD I personally had bought for them!

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My goodness, little did I know the shock I was in for when I decided to sit and watch the DVD with my children. I mean, was I watching music videos or porn with music? I really could not tell (well actually when I experimented and turned the volume off, some of the videos did indeed look like soft porn). From music videos featuring women seductively caressing themselves whilst sprawled across huge beds, to videos which portray the artist as the "don dada"/ "oga"/ "playa"/ "big boy" (call him what you will), coming out of a limousine or another luxury vehicle, sipping champagne, several scantily clad women by his side (all desiring him), where he's smoking his cigar, tossing dollars in the air, on the girls ...

Then there is the dancing. Well I don't know if I should actually call it dancing as in most cases it is nothing other than a woman's backside twisting. I even watched a video in which we did not see the female dancers' faces, only their backsides for the entire duration of the song. Can you imagine that?

Now I like to think of myself as someone with a liberal mind. I strongly believe in freedom of expression. I believe in a woman's right to dress in any way she chooses. Seriously, I have no issues with the Pamela Andersons of this world, you know, those who choose to dress in the skimpiest of clothes. It really is up to them.

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When it comes to dancing, once again, I have no problem if someone wants to dance wildly and erotically. I have even been known to shake my thang in a sexy way ... what I mind is having a woman's backside forced into my face when all I want to do is listen to a song and watch a video. I mean, what happened to good old-fashioned choreographed dances? Why is it that these days, dancers in music videos do not dance with their hands, legs and faces? Why does every single video feature women shaking their backsides? The worst part is that I am not even referring to music from American artists. As for them, we have long been used to their way of writing songs and producing videos. Women as sex objects, a hip-hop star wearing more diamonds than you would even find in a diamond mine, money being thrown about that has been the American rap/hip hop video scene for a very long time. I did not like it then, and I certainly do not like it now that African artists seem to be going that way. I mean, why does a young man from Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania or indeed any African country think it is okay to wear their jeans to their knees.

Why do music videos coming from poor Africans living on the continent feature the artists in luxury vehicles, sipping champagne or seductively sprinkling money on a half-naked woman? If American artists are doing this, it is because for most of them, this is the norm. Believe me, it is real for 50 Cent to sip champagne every day if he wants, or for R Kelly to hire a limousine and fill it up with girls for his pleasure, if he so desires. It is real because they can afford this lifestyle.

The African artists who are producing music videos like this are just aping somebody's life. …

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