It is normal and inevitable for an artiste to fade or disappear gradually and completely in the scene.
As an artist, shaping appreciated and respected benefaction or legacy is very tough to achieve in the music industry, and relevance and pertinence are even harder for artists to sustain
Newton’s 3rd law of motion states that ‘what goes up must come down’ in a general application, it is therefore considered that everything has a beginning and an end.
In this case, there are some Nigerian artistes who once took the pivot stage but nothing much is heard of them again, artistes like Eedris Abdulkareem, Olu Maintain, Tony Tetuila, Black face, Lord of Ajasa, 2shotz, Mr Raw etc.
in a clear sense, it is normal to fade as a musician, it only takes time, while some are practically caused by physical factors.
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Nigeria has had a lot of musicians that are no more on the radar for years, the predominance of streaming in modern music consumption still add a coin to their bag regardless.
According to Joey Akan on Why artistes fade, he stated some reasons why artistes eventually fade, which is;
- It’s your time to fade
- Artistes under personal things
- They become arrogant
- They fail to be curious
- They fail to learn
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In his actual words, he said and I quote;
‘you can’t ride a wave forever, you can ride on lots of waves but you can’t ride on one particular wave, it disappears’
Affirming in his words, it’s very understandable to note that it is unpreventable and unavoidable as an artiste to fade.
In the foreign scene, musical artistes still face the same fate, eventually bound to fade but they perhaps have more career span sometimes, artists like Snoop Dogg, Dr Dre, 50 Cent, Celine Dion, Shakira, and so on.
However, their creative content still lives on but they are technically off the musical conversations.