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Yaw Sarpong x Sarkodie collaboration, What Gospel Musicians should learn ~ Kwaku Bee Abrante Writes

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Yaw Sarpong x Sarkodie collaboration, What Gospel Musicians should learn – Kwaku Bee Abrante Writes 

Gospel musicians collaborating with secular artists in Ghana is nothing new especially in this 21st century, Ghana has seen Herty Borngreat, a gospel singer featured Sarkodie on her “Take Them to Church” album in 2013 which was produced by Kaywa. Daddy Lumba, a high life artiste and Great Ampong  a gospel artiste formed a group called Kojo Kojo to release hit single, “Hossana” in 2015.

Opanka featured Gifty Osei, a gospel artiste on a song entitled Abuburo Nkosua and 

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Nacee, a known gospel vocalist also invited Guru on his new jam dubbed Boys Boys which was a hit in Ghana.

However, most of these collaborations have attracted negative criticisms and sometimes insults mostly  on the gospel arts at the expense of the numerous advantages that come with it.

Most Ghanaians interpret  this to be unholy on the path of the Gospel artists quoting 2 Corinthians 6:14 to buttress their point at the expense of the numerous advantages that comes with it, thereby limiting other gospel artists from doing same.

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Yaw Sarpong & Asomafo combining  forces with Sarkodie on a song titled Ahobrase3, I think would open the flood gate for lots of other gospel musicians to  collaborate with other secular arts weather good or bad but before we condemn or applaud them here are some lessons I think we should learn from the collaboration and limit the condemnation as we have  always done to other gospel artists in the past.

Yaw Sarpong and Asomafo collaborating with Sarkodie should be seen as joining forces where Sarknation would get to know Yaw Sarpong’s songs and vice versa. This is very necessary for spreading the word of God.

Again, this collaboration would expose Yaw Sarpong  to this new generation more than ever. In as much as I agree that Yaw Sarpong is popular , we should also note  that, due to social media and other factors, Sakodie has the most youth appeal than Yaw Sarpong and if not all, most of the gospel musicians in Ghana, it is therefore very prudent for lot of gospel artists to join forces with other secular artists to be able to win some of their followers.

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Furthermore, it should be noted that we already have most of our secular artists creating  great gospel lyrics like Kwabena Kwabena ft Steve Bedi – Bue Kwan which was adjudged by industry critics as one of the best Gospel songs ever produced in Ghana, Manifest Ft Obrafuor- No shortcut to heaven, Mighty Jesus’, released by Edem and featured Jay So and EL, etc. It should therefore not be seen as disastrous if Gospel Musicians join forces with  secular artists on a song, if it is,Gospel musician, Yaw Sarpong, wouldn’t have said  he believes rapper Sarkodie is the vessel God is using to widen his influence in the music industry. It is obvious Yaw Sarpong knows the milage Sarkodie will give him.

To end with, I think it should be prudent if the categorisation of a song is based on the content and not the personalities or  the beat. And so in the same way as we  have a  gospel reggae and highlife gospel song, we can also have a hiplife gospel song etc and spread the word of God quickly.

Assume  gospel lyrics in a hiplife songs are  being played in the night clubs speaking  against immoral arts, at least the gospel fraternity can also win souls from the night club for God, for Mark 2: 7 says 

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“And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Source : Philemon Buabeng

               (Kweku Bee Abrante)

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Volta, Bono, and Bono East regions are the hotspots for COVID-19 Delta variant – Ghana Health Service

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New hotspots for Coronavirus infections, particularly the Delta variant, are emerging in the Volta, Bono, and Bono East regions.

Traditional hotspots such as Greater Accra and Ashanti remain.

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the Volta Region, which had 16 active cases on July 1, now had 532 cases as of August 1, while the Bono Region’s figures increased from eight to 200 and Bono East’s from three to 178.

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During the Covid-19 update in Accra on Wednesday, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), told the media that the Delta variant was liable for 79 percent of all Covid-19 cases within the Greater Accra Region.

He claimed that the Delta variant, which had a higher transmission rate and a more severe disease burden, was becoming dominant, and that stricter enforcement of the safety protocols was needed to stop the virus from spreading further.

According to him, the situation has resulted in an increase in workplace and school infections, with active cases jumping from 1,600 to over 6,000 in less than a month.

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As of August 1, 2021, there were 6,766 active cases with 854 deaths.

“The current trend of cases with low adherence to Covid-19 safety protocols raises the likelihood of a bigger third wave.”

“With an increase in severe and critical cases, the average number of cases per day is likely to rise. Because the outbreak has the potential to have a negative impact on all sectors, aggressive efforts to reverse the trend are required, according to Dr. Kuma-Aboagye.

There are now 272 hospital admissions in the Greater Accra Region, with 36 critical cases, 87 severe cases, and 107 mild to moderate cases.

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Non-wearing of nose masks, disregard for the social distancing rule, and non-observance of regular hand hygiene, according to Dr. Kuma-Aboagye, were the driving forces behind the increase in infections, while 98 percent of the population had not been vaccinated, exposing more people to the virus.

He said that 404 schools had reported positive cases of the virus, with a complete of two ,864 positive cases and 304 active cases.

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