So I was involved in this twitter convo with my dearest mainest twitter fam… Amazing Christian ladies (y’all know yourselves). I love our real convos even when we are all not on the same page on a certain issue still….
*group squeeze Sisters*
So there was a convo about a certain Gospel music group and some were of the opinion that their music had ‘changed’ and somehow they had started compromising in their music ministry. I disagreed. The convo then moved to how same in the case for most ‘Christian’ or ‘Gospel’ music/musicians. Many had compromised. There are hardly any ‘reals’ out there again…
Yup. I agree. Some had compromised. Many were getting ‘watery’ etc. But see eh, I daresay there are still some true to the race…
1st Kings 19:18
I am preserving for myself 7000 souls: the knees that haven’t bowed to the god baal, the mouths that haven’t kissed his image…
Maybe we are looking in the wrong places. Maybe we are looking to the more popular ones. Maybe… Just maybe.
There is a generation of godly gospel Artists rising up today especially in Nigeria. They are not exactly VERY popular yet but they are NOT impossible to find.
I have been known to go to lengths to get gospel CDs that I know would bless me. Once I hear, I scout till I get.
I have NEVER come to a point where I have been short of great Singers who are true Praise and Worshippers indeed whose music ministries have blessed me immensely.
And I do mean immensely. I have them in full supply. Sometimes I even feel like ‘Stop releasing now. I never finish the ones wey you release before…’
Like I said, they are NOT world-famous yet and the sound may not be as great as Kirk’s and Donnie’s but they sure know what they are doing…
I will share their names and then for some, I’ll mention my fave songs of theirs and some random other stuff.
Sinach: Ah. Every song in every single album of Sinach is an inspiration. I dunno how she does it but girlfriend gets my top position anytime. Such a blessing to this generation. God bless her abeg. She is of Christ embassy stock so I am not surprised at the excellence and grace in her songs.
And good thing is she usually has at least 10songs in each album. All totally amazing. She doesn’t just sing, she ministers, she exhorts, she scabashes… She is a TEN.
She is like my numero uno in Naija…
Elijah Oyelade (Glorious God)
Eben (All the way is smokin’)
Chris Delvan (too awesome man mehn)
Churches too are not left out as they package their praise sessions into DVDs and sell. I know and have some… Fountain Praise from The Fountain of life church… HOTR, Redeemed High Praise, Winners, etc.
Then some really great new voices are coming out of the church
Mayowa from TFOLC
Pita, MK from my very own DCC
Pita’s Ebubedike and Light up my world are like a billion stars to me. Mk’s Arugbo ojo which I have mentioned on my blog taya is classic. I am also in love with his Sound of heaven. Totally awesome people.
Freke (not really sure his church but when Freke holds the mic, he takes me to heaven in praise or worship. His voice eh especially when he starts modulating na die…)
Gbolahan formerly in HOTR I think.
Tim Geofrey with his Agidigba
Nathaniel Bassey from RCCG. His Imela is on a different level. I also love Someone’s knocking. I feel Nathaniel has already made heaven. He is just too much lol.
Uche from Christ embassy too
I am pretty sure there are many more.
Another thing I do is once my choir sings a song I love, I ask a chorister to send to me or I google and download it myself.
Or whenever I am in the market esp Lagos Island, there is a Christian shop that sells movies and cds and I ask for latest albums or musicians that I don’t have yet.
I spy people on bb too. If you are listening to a song that I don’t have from a Naija artist I know, I start harassing you to send it.
I also go to the church where the Artist worships and buy if possible or ask someone to get for me.
And how much are they? Some 200, some 500 max 1000. Why wouldn’t I buy please…?
Good thing is some of the songs are also online for you to buy or download free. You have no excuse. The same way we order from Konga, we can order their messages too. No length is too far to go to nourish your spirit.
Nothing beats hearing praise and worship to my Sugar daddy than in local language.
Chris Morgan’s ‘I’m free’ sends me to another level when he starts singing in his Idoma language.
And I know there are many more too who may not be popular but good.
Ah!!! Please we know how to run things in Naija on a praise and worship level abeg…
This tweet says it all
On the foreign scene too,there are some really great ones
J Moss is a total boss (Praise on my inside is my ringtone for a really longggggg time). Ditto Donald Lawrence. Joe Pace. William Mcdowell, Tasha Cobbs, Hillsongs (of course), William McDowell, etc
If we make serious effort, I promise we will see that we have PLENTY musicians who have ‘not bowed to Baal…’
And to end this, I would also say that the callings and gifts of God are without repentance.
There are really NO perfect gospel musicians. Ditto Pastors, Reverends, Bishops etc. I just like to stress the fact that no humans are perfect. So even where they err, since God has bestowed upon them the gift, it is still within them to churn out lovely living songs because it is all about God and not them and He knows how to keep His glory to Himself alone.
And where they choose not to use what is within them, my list above (and countless more) dey. Enjoy them…
I must also add here that sometimes we make the mistake to think that once a song has ‘groove’ the artist is now carnal. At all… Or if the Singer is pretty and dresses well. Lol. Gospel songs are allowed to be groovy too. They are allowed to look good too. If not, we would be tempted to listen to other danceable but spiritually empty songs like Skelewu. Kukere, limpopo and co when we are jogging or at the gym. But thank God for songs like Tim’s Agidigba, Sinach’s I know who I am, MK’s Na the way wey, Mayowa’s Polongo, Eben’s All the way, and the praise series from the churches, we can be exercising our bodies and our Spirits at the same time.
Viva Naija Gospel Artists…
God will surely make y’all bigger as you stay true to your game…