The Ghana gospel music has of late been under a lot of scrutiny over the content and message they give. Some have even gone further to blame gospel musicians for eroding the morals of the young and upcoming generation. The sentiments have also been shared by many who feel that there is something missing in the gospel music from Ghana.
What can not be denied is that the market for gospel music in Ghana has grown exponentially. It has turned into a lucrative and booming business. Some of the top Ghanaian musicians are really making a decent living from their music. Some have been blamed to use this platform for their own personal gains.
So let’s take a step back into what used to be the ‘real gospel music’ where musicians were after souls and not shows. Back when one song would become the anthem and still remains an anthem to this day. Back when the only venue to market your music was through radio. We look into the musicians who touched our inner souls by the great harmonic tunes that transformed every Sunday into an evangelistic day.
Most of us never even knew the face of this talented lady. Some of us were still toddlers when her angelic tunes rocked the radio stations. Her songs blew up in the mid 90’s and instantly became street anthems. She became a household name easily due to her angelic voice and the message the songs brought forward.
Who could forget the impact her major tunes like ‘y3wo Oman’ and ‘Satan don fall for ground’ had in our childhood? Whenever it came on, everybody sang it word for word. She, unfortunately, relocated to the U.S where she still stays up to now.
She was infamously known as Diana Akiwumi before the name transformation. She was a force to reckon with back in the late 80’s. No single Sunday could pass without her amazing voice gracing our radio stations. She quickly became an instant household name in Ghana. She won many awards in the Ghanaian gospel industry and she is still considered one of the pioneers.
She later joined Musiga where she contested for union’s head and won president. Ever since her fans have been waiting for her to go back in the studio and grace them with melodic anthems but this has not been the case almost 30 years later.
Getty and Friends
Most people think that gospel music in Ghana back in the days was slow worship. This was not the case when Getty and Friends hit the scene. With their fast-tempo songs that guaranteed to keep you on your feet as you danced to the melodic tunes. I still remember getting down to ‘Y3n bo noose’ on Sunday mornings. They ruled the industry for a while and still their impact is felt to date.
Naana and Dan
They revolutionized the way worship was being conducted in Ghana. The duo performed for masses during their shows. With songs like ‘I will arise’ and ‘Tsooboi’, you were assured to get close to the Heavenly Father. The duo still performs together in shows but they still have not released any songs recently.
Stella Aba Seal
She was one of the many female gospel musicians blessed with an angelic and melodic voice. What made her stand out from the rest was the heart she put into it while singing. It was like she was singing for God and not mankind. Her performances were sure to blow your mind away.
He was unknown in the industry for a while but his impact was huge before even his career took off. He had composed some of the top gospel songs that ruled the airwaves. He has been silent for a while.
They were among the first female gospel group to rule the airwaves. They gave fans thrilling performances wherever they went. Many of their albums ended up winning numerous awards. The duo has not been performing lately.
Whenever you heard her songs, your ears would instantly melt away. Her joyous voice made every part of worship enjoyable. She has not been seen in the media a lot but all respects go to the legend of gospel soul.
Her songs have spent many years of the greatest tunes of all time. She has accomplished a lot in the industry with her massive tunes like ‘Hold on’ and ‘Life is so short.’ Gospel music in Ghana is not the same without her.