Gifty Osei, gospel artist in Ghana, has disclosed to Yussuf Bouda (Dj Bouda), host of “Agro mu anigye” entertainment programme on TOP FM, that envy and jealousy is what is killing the Ghanaian gospel industry. She indicated that she had had some unpleasant personal experiences with some gospel artistes and their managers who tried pulling her down in her career as a gospel musician but was not ready to mention names as she claims it’s all is in the past now.
“We are our own enemies” and until we refrain from this “pull him down” attitude, we might succeed in gaining the whole world but may end up losing our own souls at the end of the day she added. Adding to Gifty Osei’s concerns, Selina Boateng, also a gospel artist, raised similar concerns but was quick to add that she hardly gives rumor a chance in her life. Emelia Arthur on the other hand said she has not experiences any such personal attacks or confrontation from her colleagues in the industry since she started. Her concerns were about challenges new artistes face when they are coming into the industry.
Touching on this year’s Vodafone Music Awards (VGMA), Da Prince a “Fresh” gospel musician was surprised that he didn’t get a single nomination considering the hard work he put in his debut album. He sought to call the competence of the VGMA board to question when he said he deserved to be nominated in all the gospel categories of this year’s VGMA.
Bandex a music and movie producer in his final submission called on all in the gospel music fraternity to come together as one if we wish to see the industry progress.
The Ghanaian gospel music industry has seen some growth and progress over the years even though many are those who hold contrary view to this accession. Gospel music in Ghana has transformed over the years as many more gospel musicians have consciously infused circular music styles to make their songs more appealing to the general public. Names likes Herty Bongreat, Gifty Osei, Ohemaa Mercy, Joyce Blessing and DSP Kofi Sarpong have become household names due to their unique music styles, creativity and plush sense of fashion.
Just as the African proverb puts it “In every household there is a black sheep”, the gospel music fraternity is not immune to the “Pull him down syndrome” either. Many will understand why the “PHD syndrome” is prevalent in the circular music fraternity because for them, money, fame and women has always been the bone of contention but for the gospel music industry to start experiencing such an unpleasant vibe, it’s very surprising for much is expected of them as they must set the standards for others to follow.