Gospel musicians must go back to the basics

Source: Ghana|Emmanuel Boate
Date: 2nd-february-2018 Time:  2:41:30 pm

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Quite lengthy but try and read.

Some years ago, I chose to write about issues in the Gospel music industry. I recall that I used to write so hard hitting I got a bad name for myself. Naturally, I’m a peaceful and lovely person but this aspect of writing and stating it as it is got me enemies. 

While some loved my objectivity others felt I was being insensitive to their icons. It affected my relations with people so I had to re-strategize when my wife Grace and brothers like Zuta and Denzel spoke to me. I stopped to write about the industry. 

Chief amongst the things I used to write about was that if Gospel Artistes don’t watch their Ministries and rather concentrate on the peripherals like branding and fame and money and awards they risked losing the mark and confusing their followers. 

Simple message but I guess I didn’t apply much sensitivity at the time so people rather than listening to the message focused on the messenger, something we do in Africa. Knowing that I was carving a bad name for myself I took the advice from family and some friends and a scripture in Philippians 2:3 that says we shouldn’t be selfish but rather we should think of others more highly than ourselves to re-strategize.

Over the years the very things I spoke about keeps coming up in monumental proportions. I wasn’t so surprised when I heard that no Gospel Song made it to the MUSIGHA’s top 20 songs. Why wasn’t I surprised? I simply think that most of the mainstream Gospel Artistes are losing focus. Today it’s Fame and money that drives many over what the Ministry is about. 

When I say these things I make enemies you know. I have lost friends who became so close to me even to the point of unfriending me on Facebook because I chose to tell them the truth. It sometimes gets lonely but should we stop talking about these?

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Christians must know that Christianity goes beyond fame and money. It’s just more than that. The Bible says Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all other things will be added on to you Mr. Minister and Madam Minister. 

Is it not sad that a Gospel Artiste can fake an accident just for publicity purposes? Is it not sad? I mean is it not sad that a Gospel Artiste can pay to displace another’s works from receiving airplay? I mean what is going on? Artistes spend so much time on how they look rather than spending time to pray. Who are we deceiving? 

I don’t see myself as perfect but like Paul, I’m doing all I can that I’ll please my maker. Gospel Artistes, when you do it right the people see it oo. Trust me they know those who are focused and those who are doing it for the fame. When you go hide to drink before mounting stage they see it. When you play around with the ladies they see it. They talk about it. 

Today we have Gospel Artistes who have combined their gospel status with secularism and they are running that dual role without any trouble. Are you not confusing your followers? 

Trust me the CONFUSION IS REAL... 

There needs to be a turnaround, my people. God has given us gifts to help gather the lost not to disperse and scatter. We should know that there will be a day of accountability. Someone has said that we will account to God for the GAP between where we are now and where we should have been. 

I think we should go back to basics. Ask yourself this question, why are you a Christian Artiste? Is it for fame or to push God’s kingdom agenda? Why are people still chasing Gospel Artistes of yesteryears? The Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Mary Ghansah etc. They were people with a lifestyle that was in sync with their music. 

If we don’t change and refocus, look there will be top 100, 1000, 1,000,000 and we won’t make it. Our songs will only make ourselves happy and won’t make any impact. It’s not about making any top list though.

Our words and our music must sync with our lifestyles, People!

I pray that we get these basics. God is still available to help us when we call on him... It’s not too late...

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