That pop music is one of the popular genres of music with much rhythm and harmony and its emphasis on romantic love songs is not news. What needs clarification is the level of interface in terms of meaning making between the verbal and visual aspects of pop music videos. This study thus investigates visual-verbal interface in select Nigerian pop music videos in order to determine the extent to which both visual and verbal modes encode and enhance meanings in the music. Three popular Nigerian pop music artists, Wizkid, Davido and Iyanya were chosen for their top ranking in the top-ten music videos in Nigeria in 2019. Three of their music each was randomly picked out of the 49 music tracks produced by Wizkid, 60 tracks of Davido and Iyanya’s 22 singles. Findings indicate that, apart from paying attention to semiotic resources that are available in communicative modes, the variety of modes and their modal affordances, multimodality accounts for how each mode interacts with others and how they are orchestrated in specific contexts to produce meaning. An understanding of all the modes and their meaning making properties thus brings about clearer/better understand of texts.
Keywords: Multimodality, Semiotics, Pop music, Systemic functional semiotics
Henry, A (2020). Verbal And Visual Interface in Select Nigerian Pop Music. Afribary.com: Retrieved February 27, 2021, from https://afribary.com/works/verbal-and-visual-interface-in-select-nigerian-pop-music
Abaya, Henry. "Verbal And Visual Interface in Select Nigerian Pop Music" Afribary.com. Afribary.com, 20 Sep. 2020, https://afribary.com/works/verbal-and-visual-interface-in-select-nigerian-pop-music . Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.
Abaya, Henry. "Verbal And Visual Interface in Select Nigerian Pop Music". Afribary.com, Afribary.com, 20 Sep. 2020. Web. 27 Feb. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/verbal-and-visual-interface-in-select-nigerian-pop-music >.
Abaya, Henry. "Verbal And Visual Interface in Select Nigerian Pop Music" Afribary.com (2020). Accessed February 27, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/verbal-and-visual-interface-in-select-nigerian-pop-music