One time President of the Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), Tee Mac has begun a re-positioning and restructuring of the Nigerian entertainment industry.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos, Tee Mac worried that if the sector was not restructured, it would negate creative output and professionalism.
“Things are not going well, therefore we have to restructure and refinance our entertainment industry. Without a structure there will be no development, or the development will be slow and not coordinated,” Tee Mac said.
He therefore noted that, “for this reason, the Entertainment Foundation of Nigeria, Entertainment Database Nigeria Ltd, Entertainment Cooperative Multi-purpose Society of Nigeria and The Entertainment Products Distribution Network of Nigeria have been registered and put in place.”
The music maestro said he would like to see more music academies and actor training facilities established in the country to boost the capacity of entertainers.
“Music and acting are professions of great skills and we have too many jokers and one-day fillers in the industry,” he said.
Tee Mac added that the entertainment industry had thrived and added about 1.8 per cent to the Gross Domestic Product of the country, without any funding from banks or financial input from the Federal Government.
He decried the harmful effect of piracy, which he described as the key issue affecting the growth of the industry, and called on the authorities to deal with the issue decisively.
“The entertainment industry is a reflection of the health of an economy and since we are in a serious recession, piracy has affected the movie and music industry in Nigeria,” he said.
He also called on stakeholders to support the body, noting that, “Unions and associations are very important to regulate, control and assist members. Unfortunately, members don’t pay their fees regularly.”
Tee Mac who has worked with celebrated British-born Nigerian singer Shirley Bassey, as her musical arranger and conductor and also worked as a composer for Cidi Croft Enterprise and later for Universal Films in Hollywood, Los Angeles, explained further that he had become more sophisticated in his composition of songs in recent times.
The former PMAN boss said, “I spend more time composing symphonies and flute concertos and I enjoy doing that very much.”
Written by Clement Oluwasegun
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