GH gospel music too ‘mɔbɔ mɔbɔ’ — Uk based gospel artiste says

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UK based Ghanaian gospel artiste, Louisa Annan has urged gospel artistes to make the genre attractive by using inspiring lyrics in their songs.According to Louisa, a pharmacist who has just released her debut album, Thank You Lord, as “crusaders of the kingdom of God, it’s important that gospel artistes use their platform to encourage their listeners rather than make Christianity a “difficult mission to accomplish.

 

“I don’t know if it’s our cultural background as Africans that influences the kind of music we do here. Sometimes, I feel there’s too much sorrow and anguish in gospel songs which create the impression that Christians aren’t entitled to the ‘goodies’ of life.

“I believe that is a bad path for us to chart as bearers of the good news. Gospel artistes should rather use their music to encourage and inspire as well as teach people how to appreciate life and the goodness of God irrespective of what life throws at us,” Louisa told Showbiz in an interview on Friday.

Louisa, who performed at the Kaywa Live Playlist concert at the Tema Sports stadium on July 1 and is currently promoting her album, said the “sorrowful trend” has caught up well with most gospel musicians  and gives them the excuse of using gospel music as an avenue to express their sorrows instead of talking of the goodness of God.

The mother of two believed that if the artistes appreciate the relevance of gospel music as a Ministry and not just about singing, the “sorrowful trend” will end.

“The ‘mɔbɔ mɔbɔ’ kind of music should be limited. There’s more to life than setting the agenda for people to talk about their woes. Perhaps, when we begin to appreciate gospel music more than see it as  another opportunity to show how good our voices are or how well we can sing, we can appreciate its relevance and how it can be used to change the negative lifestyles of people,” she stated.

She admitted being in the country to promote her album has been an “eye opener” as the gospel music industry is “hugely competitive and expensive”.

“Promoting your music in Ghana is quite challenging because there are no proper structures to get the songs out there. It is a different case in the UK.

“Over there, there are effective channels and structures to sell the music but here, the absence of a good management label could jeopardise your music career,” the native of Nzema in the Western region said.

 

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