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Entertainment of Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Source: Kofi Duah

Gospel artistes don’t help one another - True Worshipers

GHANAIAN gospel music seems to be marking time and gospel musicians, The True Worshipers believe is as a result of the selfish nature of artistes of the genre.

To them, the unwillingness of the gospel musicians especially the established ones to help the young ones who want to venture into the industry has contributed to this fate.

According to The True Worshipers made up of Thomas Addo, Evans Addo and Patricia Kuffour, there are so many talented up and coming gospel artistes who need guidance and mentoring but have been left to struggle on their own. The trio told Showbiz in an interview last week that although they sought the assistance of some renowned gospel artistes to feature on their songs, they declined.

“We contacted about six of them but they turned us down. In fact, they ignored us. How can such an industry grow when the old ones refuse to help the new ones?” The True Worshipers, however, praised the other genres of music for lending a helping hand to each another.

“The likes of Bisa Kdei, Obrafour, Sarkodie are always featuring on songs of new artistes but that is not the case with gospel musicians. They are always seeking personal glory than the collective interest of the industry,” they said.

The Worshipers also noted that one of the “downfalls” of the gospel music genre is the release of albums instead of singles as has been the practice of those in the secular sector.

They explained that a gospel musician will struggle to put together an album of eight or 10 songs while a Hiplife, Dancehall or Highlife musician enjoys all the fame by releasing just one song.

The trio who are pastors are out with their maiden album, Onyame Ye Ohene recorded by different sound engineers.

Songs on the eight-track album are God Na Igwe, Higher, Who Are We, I Will Sing For You and All The Days Of My Life.

The video of God Na Igwe is out and enjoying airplay on some of the local television stations.

Although they claim the gospel music scene is tough, the trio who admire gospel musicians O.J, Koda and Tagoe Sisters said they are hopeful of achieving their dreams as one of the reputable brands in the gospel music fraternity.

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