Truth be told, gospel musicians in Ghana are extremely difficult to understand in logical terms. They always sing about how God rescued them from ardent poverty and prepared a table before them in the presence of their enemies.
However, when you get closer to them, their living after all the glitz portrayed in their music videos and content are entirely different as their actual lives do not reflect any of that Heavenly glamour captured in Psalm 23.
This is evidenced in the recent story of renowned gospel musician Hanna Marfo who recently had to appeal to the general public for an amount of GH¢43,000 to treat her ailing daughter.
According to the musician, pastors maltreated her financially during the apex of her career. In a recent interview, she recounted how pastors failed to pay her after performing in their churches. As a result, she’s forced to drink only water before retiring to bed.
She asserted that some pastors in the early days when gospel music was most enjoyed took them (gospel musicians especially herself) for granted in the name of “God’s work”.
“Sometimes you have to drink water to bed after you have gone to perform in a church, you see”, Hanna Marfo revealed this in an interview with Kumasi-based Light FM.
This was so because she never charged churches she performed for even when she was at the peak of her career.
“No single church in Kumasi can tell me I charged to perform whiles I lived there. In those days, people paid me according to what they thought it was a good wage. Sometimes you have to drink water to bed after you have gone to perform in a church, you see. I have performed and gone to bed with no food. Even common transportation they won’t offer you”, she narrated her ordeal.
Counting the number of churches which did this to her, the singer indicated it wasn’t just one.
“Lots of them, all they say is God bless you. I don’t know if the trend has changed this time, but previously, some were doing it”. She stressed.
She is of the conviction that these are some of the things which have gingered the new artistes to charge churches before performing. In reference to her agony, she charged the churches to pay something worthwhile to the up and coming gospel artistes so they won’t suffer from her ordeal.
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Regretting her old days in the industry, Hanna Marfo sorrowfully stated that, she wouldn’t be begging for money today to care for her sick daughter if she had charged for performing during her peak time in the music industry.