Director of Gospel Music at the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) Rev. Thomas Yawson, says gospel minister Sonnie Badu should be forgiven for saying the songs of some of his fellow gospel musicians in Ghana neither makes sense nor exalt God.
“If he said what I read about him then it is very unfortunate. I will plead that we all forgive and forget about it and concentrate on the task God has given us to do. It was a wrong statement, but let us see him as our young Christian brother and allow the issue to go,” Yawson told News-One.
Sonnie was said to have stated that, “we Ghanaians don’t have enough confidence to come out with certain things. Let us take Nigerian songs for example, they are quite straight, simple, praising and thanking God for a lot of things but sometimes you listen to certain songs and you are thinking does all songs have to talk about death and I am struggling, and I am sick, and I am ill?
“The song doesn’t even make sense. You know…is it a normal reggae beat we have to keep it at? Sometimes you listen to the lyrics and it is about ‘yare ye ya’ (ill health is painful) and all that, it doesn’t exalt God.”
But according to Rev. Yawson, there is nothing wrong if a gospel song talks about sickness, death or hardship, since it could be God’s will to console individuals and to tell them they could be delivered from those situations.
“In actual fact when it comes to music, everyone has a unique God-given style and every music also has a particular type of audience it reaches. I understand where he is coming from when he says Ghanaian gospel musicians should talk about positive things, but then again maybe God has told that singer to sing those particular song to console individuals and to tell them in spite of the situation they are in now, He is capable of changing that situation,” he added.
Since news broke about Sonnie Badu’s tape, several players in the gospel industry have condemned the UK-based Ghanaian musician for making such demeaning statement about the contents of local gospel music.
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