Radio personality OB Nartey is not impressed with the “open for all” approach towards Gospel music.
In an interview on Daybreak Hitz, he was concerned about the two-sided sense of identity some secular artistes bring into the gospel music industry.
“There are a lot of technicalities in Gospel music and for some time now I think we keep lowering the standards by preaching the message ‘open for all’. Gospel Music is not for all. You need to show a clear identity,” OB Nartey stated.
His statement comes after gospel musician Celestine Donkor’s collaboration with singer Efya and Akwaboah attracted criticism from the fraternity on who qualifies to do gospel music.
Many argue that secular artistes are not cut out to do Gospel music because of the content of their songs, as well as their lifestyle, while others argue that anyone regardless of the music genre one is known for, nothing bars any artiste from singing gospel music.
OB Nartey, however, added that his statement is not to drive secular artistes away from Christianity but to only caution them that gospel music in itself is a ministry, as such an artiste cannot “blow hot and cold” with gospel music.
Also on the show, the host of ‘This Is Gospel’ on Hitz FM, Franky 5, said that one way to win these secular musicians over into Christianity is to welcome them into the Gospel music space.
He stressed that as Christians chastisement must be done with love.
“I find it difficult to accept it when my brothers go hard on these artistes and say they are not allowed to do Gospel music.”
“Communicate it well or else you will end up drawing them away from the cross. You might be speaking the truth, but the truth must be spoken with love.”
In the past, several gospel musicians have done collaborations with secular artistes.
The likes of Herty Borngreat, Yaw Sarpong, Gifty Adorye, Joyce Blessing and MOG have all featured secular artistes.