Top Ghanaian gospel musician and now MTN Ambassador, Kwaku Gyasi, has asked UK-based Ghanaian international gospel musician, Sonnie Badu, to eat humble pie and apologize to Ghanaian gospel musicians for what he described as a demeaning statement he made about local gospel music content.
Sonnie Badu, the media reported last Friday, took a swipe at the lyrical content of some Ghanaian gospel music, describing them as ‘senseless’.
He is quoted to have said, ‘Sometimes you listen to certain songs and you think, do all songs have to talk about death and I am struggling, and I am sick, and I am ill?
The songs don’t make sense.
‘Sometimes you listen to the lyrics, Yareyeya and all of that, it doesn’t exalt God. It is about time we picked some true songs of worship and chose songs of praise about the awesomeness of God. I get invited to Nigeria a lot; I am a hundred per cent Ghanaian and I am proud to be a Ghanaian.’
Naturally, a lot of local gospel stars did not take kindly to the comments. Speaking on Asempa FM last Saturday, Kweku Gyasi, who performed during Sonnie’s concert later on Saturday evening said, ‘If it is true that Sonnie said that, than he must apologize.’
However, Sonnie, reacting to the story, told the press, which did the story, got him wrong.
‘I didn’t say that. I said on TV that we need to look into the lyrics we put into songs and sing more songs to glorify God, than talking about death, ‘Me Ye Ayare’ (I Am Sick), ‘Na me bre’ (I am suffering), Owu ye ya (death is painful).’
According to him, some of the media got him wrong and urged gospel musicians to take a cue from pastors like Rev. Owusu Ansah and Pastor Yawson, whom he described as great men of God.