UK-based Ghanaian Afro-gospel artist Joseph Matthew has disclosed that the apparent factions in the gospel industry are creating poor unity among the artistes.
He mentioned that even though he doesn’t reside here but plies his music business in Ghana, he occasionally comes home to promote his works and has noticed the unfortunate happenings that are causing great harm to the industry.
In an interview with Graphic Showbiz, Joseph Matthew explained that his position was not mere speculation and that he was not on a mission to court unnecessary attention to himself, but he believes the growing trend shouldn’t be encouraged.
“From where I sit, I can confidently say that secular artists show more love to each other, and there is more unity among them than among our gospel artists. There are some supposed gatekeepers promoting some artists in the name of being managers, and it appears that when you are not part of their team, it is difficult to push your work.
“Some gospel artists have been boldly talking about these gatekeepers and factions, but no one is paying attention to their concerns.
“I don’t live here, but I have experienced it, and that is why I’m bringing the industry’s attention to it. It will only breed disunity and slow the industry’s progress,” he stated.
Last December, gospel singer Patience Nyarko called out the likes of artist manager Nii Noi and members of the Table of Men for sabotaging gospel artists who were not in their camp.
Joseph Matthew, however, believes that the problem goes beyond blaming a few people in the industry; rather, there is a need for a collective approach.
“This shouldn’t be a blame game at all but a time for reflection. We can learn something from our secular artists and how they even collaborate among themselves. Do we have such high collaboration rates among gospel musicians? Let’s ask ourselves,” he queried.
With songs such as “Hallelujah,” “Nyame Ye,” “My Story,” “Not Alone,” and “The Name” gaining some popularity in Ghana, Joseph was emboldened to host his maiden concert at the Perez Dome in 2022.
He is currently promoting the video of his latest song, Promise Land.
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