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Music of Tuesday, 26 May 2020


Noble Nketsiah advises Joe Mettle, Patience Nyarko

Gospel musician Noble Nketsiah Gospel musician Noble Nketsiah

Gospel musician Noble Nketsiah is calling for calm after a comment Patience Nyarko passed about colleague Joe Mettle stoked pandemonium in the gospel music industry.

“If I have the opportunity to meet anyone of them, the only thing I could tell them is not to engage themselves in this because it gives a bad image to the world,” he said on 3FM’s Showbiz927, Saturday.

While making a submission on the show monitored by GhanaWeb, Noble Nketsiah told host MzGee that it is imperative for people who have been called to win souls for God to avoid rivalry.

He said: “We need to understand why God gave us the gift. Someone thinks she/he is better than the other but in God’s kingdom, no one is best. In God’s kingdom, it is what you’ve been given that you give… Let’s all enjoy what we have, use the blessing to many.

“I know an American who loves my music even though she doesn’t understand what I write about. What do you think is the reason? It’s because God made it so. Let Patience Nyarko bless the people she blesses, and let Joe Mettle bless people he blesses. Together, we are blessing many.”

According to Noble Nketsiah, competition is brewing in the gospel music circle because many have succumbed to awards instead of focusing on the reason behind their calling.

“When we do what we’re doing looking at rewards the world gives you, you’ll always fail. Let’s see it as only an appreciation…” he urged.

Patience Nyarko lost her cool during a discussion on Onua FM as she felt insulted by a claim by a UK-based Ghanaian event organizer that Ghanaian gospel music relatively does not cross borders.

DJ Alordia of Alordia Promotions had argued that language has always been a factor hence, any time he organized an event with Ghanaian gospel musicians as performers, he struggled to break even. According to him, he did so on three occasions and the narrative was same.

He mentioned that patrons were mainly Ghanaians who understood the language, stressing that he did not get other nationals like Nigerians and South Africans attending. Citing Nigerian gospel musicians who use the pidgin language in most of their songs, Alordia said the diversity attracts lots of people from other countries in UK.

Alordia, however singled out Joe mettle, who uses the English language in some of his works.

Joe Mettle is not where people want us to believe he is. The way people want to lift him above all of us, they will give him problem. He is not yet there. People want us to believe he is better than all of us gospel musicians in Ghana,” Patience Nyarko retorted.

“Apart from Joe Mettle singing Pentecost and Methodist songs, how many English songs has he composed and you want to disrespect some of us that write our own songs.”

She has since been scolded for the comment and her posture in the midst of the brouhaha. Joe Mettle is however yet to make a statement about the matter.