The truth is, comparing and contrasting the works of MC Abraham, Getty & Friends, Helina Rebels, Esther Nyamekye, Mama Esther, Tagoe Sisters, Daughters of Glorious Jesus, et al. to the songs produced by our current crop of musicians who call themselves Gospel musicians will make you shed uncontrollable tears.
Listening to the works of Daughters of Glorious Jesus, Pastor Joe Bechem, among others will make every believer suffer from goosebumps but these days, the songs produced as Gospel songs are nothing but empty – it carries no inspiration and religious weight.
So, it’s in the light of the degenerative nature of contemporary gospel music that gospel musician Celestine Donkor has charged Ghanaians to point their fingers at pastors in Ghana.
According to gospel musician Celestine Donkor in an interview with Graphic Showbiz, no other person except pastors should be blamed for the shoddy songs produced as Gospel these days. She says the word they preach in recent times is nothing to write home about.
She said; “The teachings from our pastors influence our lyrical content and it’s unfortunate that these days, what we hear from our men of God is nothing to write home about. If your leader is leading you astray, you obviously don’t expect any good result from the followers.”
“We are polluted with all sorts of preaching, if it is not about getting rich, it’s about having a husband or wife or travelling abroad to make money. With such sermons in our ears all the time, what do Ghanaians expect from the gospel musicians who see the men of God as their mentors?
“Some of the words from our men of God don’t inspire the congregation who attend their churches and it affects or influences the songs by gospel musicians.?
Touching on what makes her music exceptional despite the fact that majority of contemporary Gospel vibes are shoddy, Celestine posited that she is a proud member of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) and the teachings of her head pastor, Mensah Otabil, has helped her music a lot.