S R&B and soul artist Musiq Soulchild believes the popularity of his chosen genre is declining, and music lovers just don’t want R&B any more.
In a candid interview with City Press ahead of his concerts in Johannesburg and Cape Town, which are part of the Winter Jazz Festival, Musiq revealed that bookings for him had been drying up – even though he would have liked more opportunities to meet fans.
“I always like to travel to other places. And people ask when I’m coming to their city because they think it’s easy to just perform in a city. But it doesn’t work that way,” he told City Press.
“There are costs to get my band and me there. And there are places I still want to go, but there are just no R&B bookings for R&B artists.
“People are looking for something else, which is fine. It’s fine, but then it just means we can’t be where we want to be,” he explained.
However, South African fans would disagree with him – R&B and soul remain popular music genres in the country, alongside gospel and House music. Musiq’s catalogue of songs remains firmly on local radio playlists.
“People are also very concerned with music categories and genres and, really, that’s not that important. You can make and enjoy music that isn’t a particular name or category.
“I call what I do soul music because it comes from my soul. And that may or may not fit into a box, but if you enjoy it, what it does it matter?”
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