Showbiz pundit and CEO of Remedi Entertainment, Dan Lartey is surprised at the inclusion of two songs ; Kofi Kakari’s ‘Who Say God No Dey ‘ and ‘Jejeli’ by Kobby Salm in the Gospel Song of the year category for the 22nd VGMA .
Speaking on Showbiz 927 on 3fm with Chrystal Kwame-Aryee, the outspoken analyst argues that the two songs are not popular and shouldn’t have made it for the category.
“When you talk of Gospel song of the year, popularity comes to mind and how popular were those two songs; Jejeli and Who Say God Nodey ? Those songs don’t deserve to be in the category” he noted.
Instead , Dan Lartey however pointed out that songs like Patience Nyarko’s ‘Meye Nyame Dea’ and Joyce Blessings’ ‘Y3nda n’ase ‘ deserved to be in the Best Gospel song of the year category.
“If you ask me to take those two songs out and add two , I will go for Patience Nyarko’s ‘Meye Nyame Dea’ and Joyce Blessings’ ‘Y3nda n’ase ‘ and even Jayana’s ‘I believe’ or Rose Agyei’s ‘Na God” ; these four songs did better that ‘Jejeli’ and ‘Who Say God Nodey’
CATEGORY DEFINITION : Gospel Song of the Year.
The Gospel Song of the Year is the song adjudged by the Academy, Board and the General Public as the most popular Gospel Song released in the year under review. The song must have generated the most excitement during the year.
The VGMA board has however said it deliberately included those two urban gospel songs , arguing the urban gospel brand though popular within the church has not been given the needed attention in the past.
Reacting to the explanation, The revered pundit said the reason given by the VGMA board does not hold water.
“It’s gospel song of the year, Whether Urban, whether traditional, whether awoyo, it’s gospel music . If it’s highlife, if it’s being sang in Ga, Ewe, whichever language that it’s being sang in, it’s still highlife, so it’s not about it being urban Gospel or Traditional Gospel “ he opined.
Nominated songs for ‘Gospel Song of the Year include :
1.Blessed – Akesse Brempong ft. Joe Mettle
2.Favour Everywhere – Celestine ft. Evelyn Wanjiru
3.Adom – Diana Hamilton
4.Jesus Over Do – Empress Gifty
5.Yesu Mo – Joe Mettle
6.Jesus – MOGmusic
7.Jejeli – KobbySalm ft. Okey Sokay
8.Who Say God No Dey – Kofi Karikari
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By : Konxept Worae|3news.com|Ghana