This year’s Vodafone Ghana Music Awards nominees list has arguably already recorded a win for Christian male musicians in the highly competitive category of ‘Best Male Vocal Performance’. Out of a total of 6 nominees, 4 are into Christian music (Gospel Music) leaving the remaining 2 for Highlife Music. In an interview a few days ago with an instrumentalist at a local Church in Accra, he said that this was an old tradition, as the Church has always trained and produced great vocalists from all around the world; including females.
Compared to last year’s category, which had only 5 nominees namely KiDi, Kuami Eugene, King Promise, Joe Mettle and MOG Music, and comprised only 2 Christian Male Vocalists, this year has seen the number double to 4; namely Kingsley Amporful (song – GOD), Kyei Mensah (Song – Take It All), MOG Music (Song – Oguamma) and Joe Mettle (Yesu Mo). This may call for a need for Christians to celebrate, but keyboardist Frank Owusu says it’s normal. “The Church has always been the centre of good music and great singers. This is because, unlike circular musicians who train to entertain man, we train to entertain God”, he said.
Though Frank Owusu’s perception might be debated, there is strong evidence supporting his claims. Even, from the Western world, many of the greatest vocalists of old and of modern times, can trace their roots back to the Church Choir. For example, legends such as Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Diana Ross and Faith Evans, all started from the Church Choir. Also, some current celebrities namely R. Kelly, Usher Raymond, John Legend, Brandy, Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, Avril Lavigne, and so on, once graced Sunday Service or a church occasion to lend their voice to the Lord.
By Jerry Wonder