Afrobeats star Eric Geso has accused radio stations in the country for hindering the growth of the music industry.
The singer’s accusation, according to him, is based on the fact that more airtime is given to foreign songs over the local ones. Such a situation, he said, is slowing down the demands of Liberian music, thereby seriously affecting the growth of the already struggling music industry.
“This issue of more airtime given to foreign songs on our airwaves is of great concern to me, and I believe it’s in our national interest to regulate the amount of local versus foreign content we play or screen on air.
“I’m not against foreign songs being played on Liberian stations, but giving them more airtime pushes the demand of our song down and hurts the growth of our infant industry. The worst situation is that we are not given a similar opportunity out of the country, so there is no need for that here,” Eric said.
Eric added it is frustrating and sad that despite the increase in radio stations, local music does not get enough airtime to compare to the foreign ones.
The “Taya” crooner, who recently donated foods and several assorted items to the school of the blind in Virginia Community, described the situation they are faced with as a depressing one because it is frustrating to know that Liberian-owned radio stations find it pleasurable to give airtime to foreign songs over their own.
“I wish local content was assigned about 70 percent of the broadcast time like it is done in other African counties that have developed a good structural music industry. If this trend continues, without any remedy, the gains made to put Liberian music industry on the spotlight will be lost and the careers of thousands of Liberians will be dead.
“We have more radio stations than we had in the 2000s, but the situation is getting worse since two years ago when Liberian music used to dominate while there were fewer radio stations. Now that we have many radio stations, the situation is the other way around. They don’t seem to care about local art. It is sad that almost 60 percent of songs on air now are foreign. We are producing quality songs, yet we are not getting the needed support,” he said.