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Be patient – Hannah Marfo advises upcoming musicians

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Veteran Ghanaian gospel musician, Hannah Marfo has advised budding musicians in the country to be patient.

The ‘Yesu Kokroko’ singer believes God has time for everybody and He will fulfil His promise at the right time.

“When God says He will lift you up, He will surely do it. At the right time His promises will be manifested,” she said in an interview with Mr Lattus which was monitored by www.newshuntermag.com on Akonoba FM’s Entertainment Court program in Sunyani.

She charged them to pray hard and worship Him well.

“Getting a producer or making it into the limelight is not easy but with God all things are possible,” said Hannah Marfo.

She admitted that things have changed now because people do not buy CDs.

“At first, musicians were making money from the purchase of their CDs…things have changed, people do not buy CDs anymore,” she lamented.

When asked whether it is wrong for gospel musicians to charge before performing at events or not, she replied ‘No’.

“It is not wrong for gospel musicians to charge before performing at events. They have to survive,” the veteran gospel musician posited.

Currently, Hannah Marfo has released a 15-track album titled ‘Awurade Bo Me Ho Ban’.

 

 

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My collaboration with secular artistes pleases God – Lady Prempeh

Lady Prempeh

Gospel musician, Lady Prempeh, has stated that her collaborations with secular musicians was pleasing to God.

Lady Prempeh featured Hiplife artiste, Asem and Lynx Entertainment’s Richie on her song, Odo Yi Wohe in 2008 and also collaborated with Praye on their song, Tetebotan.

Speaking on Hello FM in Kumasi as part of her radio tour to promote her new single Enka Ho Da, the singer said, “I don’t think God had a problem with Odo Yi Wohe because the lyrics in the song were praising God.

“There were no foul words in the song and that is all that matters. God looks at the heart and not the individual singing the song.”

Lady Prempeh stated that she intends to feature more secular artistes on her upcoming songs.

“I don’t see anything wrong with featuring secular artistes on my songs provided the secular artistes are coming with clean lyrics,” she said.

She disclosed that Kuami Eugene is the next artiste she wants to feature on her new single which will be released on April 15.

“This young guy is very talented I can win a lot of souls through him,” she added.

After about seven years of silence, Lady Prempeh returned with new songs; apart from Enka Ho Da, there is Aseda, all off her upcoming album, which will be the fourth.

Her new blonde look, which she says is from a music video has attracted some criticism from the public but Lady Prempeh said she loves it.

The 2005 Ghana Music Awards New Gospel Artiste of the Year said her new album will drop soon and urged Ghanaians to get their copy.

 

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2019 African Gospel Music & Media Awards [AGMMA] set for June 1

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The 2019 African Gospel Music & Media Awards [AGMMA] has been launched.

At the colourful launch of the award scheme on March 16, organizers announced the official opening of nominations.

The main event has been slated for June 1, 2019 at the Discovery Centre, Jenkins Lane, Barking IG11 0AD.

The awards night is a culmination of its yearlong activities which includes seminars, resource and networking events, regional concerts and career guidance.

Diana Hamilton, other notable gospel artistes were present at the launch.

African Gospel music and Media Awards AGMMA has dedicated itself to celebrate the ministers and industry players who work tirelessly to keep the flame burning.

The African Gospel Music and Media Awards (AGMMA), a premier gospel event that recognises the immense gospel talent that exists within the African gospel music and Christian media fraternity and beyond, and honours and rewards them accordingly at its annual awards event.

Nomination forms can be downloaded on www.africangospelmusicawards.com

The AGMMA is produced by 1615 Media, a UK based Christian Media and Events Company with international affiliations in the media and music industry.

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My songs never fade because they’re based on God’s word – Bernice Offei

Bernice Offei

The evergreen gospel minister, Bernice Offei has revealed that the secret behind her songs never fading is because they are based on the word of God.

Speaking in an interview on Starr 103.5 FM’s entertainment and showbiz review show, Morning Zoo with Kojo Preko Dankwa, she explained that the relevance of her songs even today is because it is hinged on the word of God and anything that is based on God’s word stands the test of time.

“First of all, I will say that it is by God’s grace. What I want to add as well is, when a message is from the Bible, when the message is about something that is inspired by God, the Bible, the words in it, we have had it for centuries but you can never say that the Bible is out of date. In fact, it is the most relevant when you compare it all books that have been written all the time because the word of God never fades. So, I believe that anything that is based on the word of God will stand the test of time.”

She further added that,

“And by God’s grace, whenever I write songs, I always ask the Lord to take control of the song; I commit it to God’s hand and I do whatever I have to do and I leave the rest to God to do.”

The “Life Is Short” hitmaker, Bernice Offei expressed her appreciation for how her songs have been patronized by Christians and non-Christians saying it has always been a humbling experience for her.

“I always pray that those who are not Christians, my songs should draw them to give their lives to Christ and not just listen to them for entertainment and by God’s grace; I believe that is what is happening. People are listening to the songs and it is ministering to them a lot,” she added

Bernice Offei who is currently out with ‘Your Will’ and ‘Heaven Bound’ has 6 albums to her credit.

She holds an MPhil in crop science from the University of Ghana and an MSc in Information technology from the United Kingdom.

She is married to Prof. Samuel Kwame Offei (Pro-Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana) and a mother of two.

 

BY: Asiwome Tei-Mati and Kennedy Addy

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I slept from one church to the other for over 10years – Nacee

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Ghanaian Gospel musician, composer and songwriter, Nancee, has shared his sad life story on Happy FM’s ‘Nsem Pii’, revealing in an interview with host Pastor Nyansa Boakwa that he slept in different churches for over 10years because he had nowhere sleep.

According to the award-winning artist, he was sent out of his family house at the age of 15 years because he was wrongly accused of tarnishing the image of the family church.

Life became very difficult for Nacee when he went on the street to survive by himself. ”I slept in the corridor of a couple who took me in nicely from the start and later began to maltreat me for 2years,” he said.

Nacee and Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi (((LIVE))) on #NsemPii

Nana Nacee and Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi (((LIVE))) on #NsemPii#HappyGhana

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2019 VGMA: Bobolebobo will win Gospel Song of the Year – Joe Mettle’s Manager

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Kwesi Koomson, manager for multiple award-winning gospel artiste, Joe Mettle has chosen Evangelist I. K Aning’s ‘Bobolebobo’ over his own artiste’s song for Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ Gospel Song of the Year.

Giving reasons why he will at all times choose Bobolebobo over Joe Mettle’s ‘My Everything’ song, Koomson stated that all songs nominated under that category are potential winners but Bobolebobo song transcended from the mass market to the corporate market.

“Every song nominated in the gospel song category really deserves it. My gospel song of the year is KODA’s song but I think it won’t win so I will go for Bobolebobo

“I know people will vote for Joe Mettle’s ‘My Everything’ but let’s not rule out the fact that Bobolebobo doesn’t have the fanbase to vote for him to win, people will vote for him. The category definition clearly states that the song must have generated the most excitement under the year of review and Bobolebobo really did great than the others. Bobolebobo crossed the usual traditional listeners to even the corporate society.”

Koomson told Nii Noi, host of the Christian Entertainment Review Show [CER] on GNTV he will not be surprised if Bobolebobo wins the Vodafone Most Popular Song of the year but I K Aning should not put so much hope since he can be swerved as it happened to Patapaa’s ‘One Corner’ song.

“Even though I’m rooting for Joe Mettle’s ‘My Everything’ to win, I think what happened to Patapaa can also happen to him in most of the categories he has been nominated in.” Joe Mettle’s manager said on the CER Show

The Ghana Music Awards is an award scheme designed to recognize, celebrate the hard work and dedication of various stakeholders and players in the entertainment industry.

Gospel Song of the Year

  1. Hosanna – Koda
  2. Bobolebobo – Isaac KwabenaAning
  3. W’asua Me – Obaapa Christy
  4. Agbadza Medley – Bethel Revival Choir
  5. Mo Ne Yo – Diana Hamilton
  6. My Everything –Joe Mettle
  7. I Swerve – Joyce Blessing

Gospel Artist of the Year

  1. Joyce Blessing
  2. Diana Hamilton
  3. AkesseBrempong
  4. Obaapa Christy
  5. Joe Mettle
  6. KODA
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I will sack most gospel musicians to save the industry if … – Piesie Esther

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Some gospel musicians are of the view that the gospel industry is slowly dying but celebrated gospel sensation, Piesie Esther thinks otherwise.

According to her, the gospel industry is not dying, but the individuals preaching the gospel are the ones deviating from what they preach.

She explained, “God’s word will not return void. It is too powerful and will always prosper and accomplish what He desires” adding that, some gospel musicians are rather the cause of the collapsing industry due to their ‘immoralities and unbiblical’ act.

“The gospel industry can never die. We all understand that there is no unity in the industry but some of my colleague musicians make it very glaring especially when you meet them in town. We are preaching the gospel through our God-given talent and we must live according to what we preach” – Piesie lamented

The ‘Agye Won Nsem’ hitmaker stressed that she will sack most of her colleague musicians from the gospel industry to save the ‘collapsing’ industry if she had her own way. “If I had my way, I would sack from the industry, most of the gospel musicians that are living contrary to what they preach. But as we continuously go down on our knees in prayers, I believe our Creator will in no time wash them all out of the industry”

Piesie Esther is out with her first single in 2019 dubbed ‘MasedaKɛseɛ’ meaning ‘my great thanks’. In this new song, the songstress shares the joy of the abundant blessings God has bestowed on her. ‘MasedaKɛseɛ’ is currently streaming live on itunes, deezer, spotify, youtube and all music websites.

 

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Eugene Zuta to release ‘Faithful God’ on March 22

Eugene Zuta

Gospel Music Minister, Eugene Zuta set to release his first single in 2019 titled “Faithful God” on Friday, 22nd March. The song which comes as first of his last released in 2018 was recorded by KODA at Koded Studios.

Having released a number of hits songs, the gospel singer has more than 200 thousand views with few videos released on his Youtube Channel.

According to Eugene Zuta, he had an inspiration for “Faithful God” on stage in Kumasi a year ago, he decided to link up with his Producer “KODA” and decided to put the song into production.

He also said, “It is his prayer this song will come out and be a blessing to the sons of God and receives testimonies in their Lives”.

Just to mention a few, Eugene Zuta has many hit songs including Nkunim (Victory) Ye bo Som wo, Yesu Kristo, Oga, Fa Me Ye, It is Well, I give It all to You, Akpe, Sewo and Adoration.

Watch “Faithful God” Music Trailer below.

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Bobolebobo is a joke, don’t sing it in my church – Rev John B Ghartey

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The head Pastor of Ebenezer Assemblies of God Kotobabi yesterday gave a strong warning to Gospel Musicians who were billed to perform at DAVIDIC PRAISE, An event hosted by a Gospel Diva Fafa Asantewaa during his sermon .

Earlier before he mounted the pulpit, The song bobolebobo was sung and he expressed his disappointment in the singer and the congregation who took to the dancing floor thereby sending a strong warning to the rest of the musicians never to repeat the song again.

He told the Church that, …. This song is a demonic song which has come to take away the seriousness of the end time message.

Most Gospel Musicians are missing the spirituality of the message and adding jokes to whatever they call Gospel music , And misleading the church.

The man who composed the song is not a demon And I don’t not have any problem with him, But the song is a joke which has come to take away the seriousness of the end time message.

He said.. A Nigerian singer once came to Ghana for a Gospel Event and in the course of his ministration he decided to sing a Ghanaian song which he didn’t understand. (Onyame kokroko ) which literally means God is Big .. And he said Onyame woye krokokoko (meaning God is a Turkey .. He said this and the whole church burst into laughter..

Rev John B Ghartey is the senior Pastor of Ebenezer Assemblies of God Kotobabi Accra .He is a product of Adisadel college (1977)and Aggrey memorial secondary school(1979)both in Cape coast. He completed his diploma in theology at the Southern Ghana Bible institute (1983)

He started pastoring at Berean A/G,Agona kwanyako in the central region and he’s currently the senior pastor at the Ebenezer Assemblies of God( Kotobabi).

 

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Joe Mettle deserves Artiste of the Year nomination – Industry players

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Every year, the nominations for the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) sparks controversy and this year’s has to do with the inclusion of Joe Mettle in the Artiste of the Year category.

Joe Mettle, who won the Artiste of the Year award in 2017, is competing with Kuami Eugene, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale and King Promise but a section of the public believe he does not deserve to be in there.

Moments after the nominees for that category were revealed, a number of people took to social media to speak their mind.

While others thought Medikal and Kwesi Arthur should be in there others also believed Diana Hamilton and KODA did better than Joe Mettle in the year under review.

However, some industry players Showbiz spoke to agreed that the Bo Noo Ni singer deserved to be in the Artiste of the Year category.

For music producer Fred Kyei Mensah, Joe Mettle worked hard in the year under review and has every right to be there.

According to him, Joe Mettle performed at so many places but many people did not know about that and stressed that the My Everything singer lived up to expectation.

Entertainment journalist, Kwame Dadzie, said it would be wrong for anyone to say Joe Mettle does not deserve to be in the Artiste of the Year category.

“For some years now, Gospel musicians have not had a fair representation at the VGMA and if we have Joe Mettle in such a category it means they are being considered,” he stated.

Music producer, Kwesi Ernest said it would have been out of place if Joe Mettle had not been added in the Artiste of the Year category considering the fact that he is the only Gospel musician who won that award two years ago.

According to him, although Joe Mettle was not loud last year compared to the artistes he is competing with, being nominated in the Artiste of the Year category was not out of place.

 

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