WE DON’T LIKE GOSPEL SONGS COMPOSED BY SECULAR MUSICIANS AS CHRISTIANS BUT WE DANCE TO THEIR SECULAR SONGS

WE DON’T LIKE GOSPEL SONGS COMPOSED BY SECULAR MUSICIANS AS CHRISTIANS BUT WE DANCE TO THEIR SECULAR SONGS

In the West, it is universally acceptable for an artiste, a secular musician, to compose one or two gospel related songs amongst ones which are largely secular.

Whitney Houston was one of the greatest songstresses the world ever produced. She themed her songs on love, relationships and heartbreaks. She interspersed her songs with some gospel tunes.

Songs like I Love the Lord, Count On Me, I Look To You, Hold On, Help Is On The Way and a couple of other danceable and melodious tunes highlighted her prowess in the gospel arena.

These songs were consumed by the American music lovers and other parts of the world. Though they were part of mostly secular themed songs, they did very well on the market.

In Ghana, the story is different. Charles Kwadwo Fosu, Daddy Lumba, is without doubt Ghana’s best ever musician. His songs right from the 80s till now continue to enjoy massive support and airplay across the country.

Lumba composed some gospel songs. They were too nice to listen to. Job Ye Dinn, Mesom Jesus, and countless number of them. Unfortunately, these songs’ receptions were not as good as his secular songs.

How could a whole Lumba, someone known to be a ‘sinner’ compose gospel songs for us to buy? He should leave gospel music to those in the industry. These were some of the sentiments expressed by Ghanaians when Lumba composed gospel songs.
Churches avoided playing his gospel songs like a plague.

Ironically, Lumba’s Mesom Jesus song, though not embraced by the Christian Community, the beat, rhythm of that rejected song were used by Daddy Lumba to compose Aben Wo Ha! It was one of the most beautiful songs of Lumba. Its reception was mind blowing. It became an instant hit.

The same Christians who rejected Mesom Jesus because it came from Lumba ran helter skelter shopping for Aben Wo Ha. The same Christians welcomed Aben Wo Ha with smiles and open arms.

The same beat or rhythm used in Mesom Jesus which was not welcomed became an instant hit when employed in Aben Wo Ha. Strange but this is the reality.

P.K. Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.