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Charity Ekeke's She: This Is Our Wake Up Call

She is an interesting album. Musically some of the songs fit into the pop format. Others are more in the vein of early alternative rock. A few even have hints of a genre some musicologist would refer to as Afrobeat, which really should not come as much of a surprise since Charity Ekeke is a Nigerian musician. Subject-wise with She it covers stereotyping, discrimination, sexual harassment, hate, love, birth control, hypocrisy, employment, unemployment and even social media. Many would say it's all over the place. Yet I believe that most would agree what holds it all together is, well, Charity Ekeke .

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Of the eleven songs on She the one that speaks to me the most, and I'm not making a joke here, is Talk To Me. Charity Ekeke possesses the vision to see that we're quickly becoming a silent society. She doesn't point the fickle finger of accusation at the usual suspects who we typically put on trial, like Big Brother governments or corporate controlled media. Instead, like a seasoned prosecutor she turns away from the defendants, faces the jury and proclaims them to be sentenced as guilty. Yes, it is we with whom she lays the blame, and I must confess and admit, justly so.

Before delivering this sentence she built her case on solid evidence. Civil discourse in our world has become a rarer and rarer commodity with each passing day. Civil discourse may best be defined as the language of dispassionate objectivity that neither diminished one another's moral worth, nor questions the merit of one's judgment, while avoiding antagonism or hostility during a discussion of opposing views. The norm now is to not talk to each other with respect and civility, but to talk at each other and passionately disagree or agree with what they're saying. We've traded reasoned analysis for Ad hominid arguments. It's an undeniable state of affairs that is as sad as it is true.

Talk To Me ignores circumstantial evidence in lieu of a plethora of hard facts. We no longer talk to each other anymore; we text, we post, we send, we forward, we scroll, we update, we drop, we copy, paste, drag, click and type. Just walk down any city street, sit in any restaurant or bar, and watch people on public transportation or even in their cars. Like zombies we exist in a world of our own with buds plugged in our ears and our eyes glues to some mobile device and lost to the people around us. It's become so extreme we've put up signs to remind our fellow human beings when to turn off their cell phones. We've forgotten the ancient art of really how to talk, and how to do so without arguing.

I tell you, Charity Ekeke is really on to something with She. Her insights and observation throughout this record warrant serious attention. Yes, it's a brave new world and yes, times have certainly changed and not necessarily for the better. She's really not condemning us as much as she is alerting us to what she sees as the dystopian, dehumanized type of creatures that we're evolving into. Charity Ekeke isn't excitedly screaming "PUT THE ELECTRONIC DEVICE DOWN ON THE GROUND SLOWLY!" No, she's talking to us and warning that the world may not end with a bang or a whimper, but more than likely it could eventually perish with just a ring-tone.

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