Music has always been a powerful tool in driving for social discuss and change. Legends like Fela Anikulapo Kuti and Bob Marley recognised this early enough and laced their music with messages of neo-colonialism, justice, freedom and promotion of world peace all in a quest for a better world for their people. But human problems also evolve with time. And with his latest release,’ Virtual Love‘ Garey Godson seeks to spark a long-overdue conversation about how social media is rapidly shaping human interaction. And it’s not exactly for the better.
Thanks to technological advances, communication has gotten faster, easier and considerably cheaper. But more isn’t exactly better in this case. Communication has simply degenerated to something less expressive. We’d rather sit leg crossed and text in the comfort of our home than move out to go visit friends and check up on them like we used to.
One intricate part of inter-personal communication often missing in today’s instant messaging is context; often provided by gestures, body postures, eye movements and the ambient energy in face-to-face conversations. And this has an insidious way of affecting our interpersonal relationships. Little wonder why relationships and friendships aren’t what they used to be.
Using his medium as an artist, Garey Godson is tackling this issue head-on with ‘Virtual Love‘, telling a story that almost every youth is familiar with: a story of a relationship turning sour and complicated due to ineffective and efficient communication between the lovers.
Check out the record above.