Entertainment of Thursday, 10 January 2013

Source: Daily Guide

I educate people through music - Herty

Award-winning gospel music star, Herty Borngreat, also known as Herty Rapper, says she is not just a gospel singer but a minister of the gospel of Christ.

According to her, “I educate the people about Christ through my music and there are many whose broken hearts get mended, whose tears get dried and whose sorrows turn into joy when they listen to my songs with a heart of prayer”.

Herty’s presence on the Ghanaian gospel scene has been a breath of fresh air. She is on a mission to create a vibrant gospel music industry in Ghana that seeks to create a wider engagement for equally good and talented gospel musicians like her who would showcase their talents and works to the Ghanaian music scene.

Ever since she joined the gospel music industry, her songs have enjoyed massive reviews across various media, with virtually all the tracks on her albums enjoying extensive airplay and charting on various radio stations across the country.

Herty’s songs are inspirational and soul-touching, and the rhythms and beats in some of the songs could easily compete with those on the international music market.

Her songs make it explicitly clear that human wisdom or effort to solve problems was synonymous with chasing after the wind and that in all things, we should not be anxious but rather depend absolutely on the Lord for results.

Most people including music fans know her as Herty Borngreat the gospel singer, but if her recent outings are anything to go by, then the public would soon be calling her Herty the gospel rapper, because of her collaboration with Sarkodie in her song, Bebree.

The latest demonstration of how deeply Herty is being sucked into rap was at Becca’s Girl Talk Concert in Accra on December 21 where she was the opening act. She took on the rap portions in her two songs recorded with Sarkodie and Trigmatic respectively and the audience warmly appreciated her effort.

She says she managed to learn to rap because people expected to hear the rap bits in the recorded songs but Sarkodie and Trigmatic were not always available to perform with her. Now she says the public would soon begin to hear her own rap compositions on stage.

Herty has won many awards which include the Discovery Artiste of the Year at the Ghana Music Awards (GMA) in 2011.

In November last year, she won the Contemporary Gospel Artiste of the Year award at the maiden edition of Zoom Alliance Gospel Music Awards held at the Accra International Conference Centre. The piece that did the trick for her was Bebre Na Yesu Aye featuring Sarkodie.

“I know I’m reaching the young at heart, who also love rap music, with the message of Jesus Christ. They are my target audience and that encourages me to take the message even farther,” she hinted.