Welcome to AS IT IS, from VOA Learning English.
I’m Christopher Cruise.
Today, we report on the power of music…in Nigeria, Turkey and Pakistan.
Ted Greenfield tells us about a band that is working to keep rock and roll alive in Pakistan as the country grows more conservative.
I will tell you about one of the most popular music groups in Turkey. The group’s members are not popular with the government, however.
But first, we go to the Nigerian capital Abuja -- where a band is playing music its members hope will be good for their country…
Many bands in Nigeria play songs based on traditional tribal music. Members of one band say they want to be more than rich and famous. They hope their songs can help save some ancient values and strengthen the country’s economy.
Marsha James has our story.
Becoming successful in the music business is never easy. But in Nigeria, musicians say it could be their best and only way to escape a life of poverty.
Ifeyinwa Samuel Ndukwu is known as “Ify De Diva” to fans of Heroes Band International, an Afro-Pop group. She is the group’s lead singer. She supports new musicians and singers by letting them perform with her band.
Ifeyinwa Samuel Ndukwu被非洲流行乐国际英雄乐队的粉丝称为Ify De Diva，她是该乐队的主唱，她让音乐新人和歌手们和自己的乐队一起表演，帮助他们发展。
“As they are featuring with my band, maybe they may be engaged on a show. Somebody may see them to engage them for (a) performance. Maybe people will give them something, you know -- reasonable thing. But it’s better than to steal.”
Olawale Akinduro plays bass with Heroes Band International. Like many musicians, he needs a second job to survive. He says many Nigerian parents urge their children not to enter the music business.
“They don’t believe music is something that you can make money with so they can put food on your table.”
These musicians say they make music not just to earn money. They say it is also about the love of music and their love for their country.
I’m Marsha James.
1.keep alive 保持生机；使……活着
eg. The argument was kept alive by them.
eg. We tried to keep him alive but to no avail.
2.tribal adj. 部落的；种族的
eg. The country was torn apart by fierce tribal hostilities.
3.feature vt. 特写；以…为特色；由…主演
eg. It's a great movie and it features a Spanish actor who is going to be a world star within a year...
eg. Kurt had started out playing bass in a rock band.