Hello #SelahAfrikNation! Did you see the way former president Olusegun Obasanjo tore his PDP membership card publicly? LoL… that was a sight to behold. One PDP member said it was immature. Anyways, that’s not why I am here. From my topic, you can tell I want to talk about Korede Bello’s new song and you are thinking ‘on a gospel site?’ Yeah!
If it is any consolation for the overtly religious, I am not talking about the song per se but my discussion is centered around the success of the song and the fact that its content is edifying.
Days before I finally had the chance to hear the song while I was in a store at Ojuelegba, I had been seeing the harshtag – #GodWin – and have managed to link it to Korede Bello’s new single. ‘The song must be a very nice’, I thought to myself, ‘maybe with a political theme considering the election’, I let myself wonder.
But I heard the song and my first reaction was ‘dang! I wish a Frank Edwards thought of that!’
No offence to Korede Bello, Frank Edwards or any other Gospel artiste, especially the urban Gospel artiste but I remember the same thing happened with ‘Doro Bucci’, I saw a lot of Christian coining out words with the ‘Doro’ phrase and I wondered why they didn’t think of the phrase in the first place if they are so taking by it. Now, I am seeing the same thing happen with ‘God Win’ and it’s even more painful this time because this is a phrase any Christian could have thought of… just like that!
Forgive my saying but we sometimes act like hypocrites. We talk about how unedifying these contents are, but once they get popular, we are the first to coin out Christian phrases from them… even do covers. Now I am thinking, for you to have been taken by the word or phrase, you must have at some point listened to this sweet unedifying content whereas, we could have been the ones coining out phrases for the world. For instance, Giljoe came up with “Christian Baller”, Sammie Okposo came up with “Wellu Wellu” and the beautiful thing about that Phrase is that it stuck till date!
Korede Bello in the song “GodWin” managed to package a gospel content and while he was selling it to the world, also sold it back to Christians who should have been the originator of such a slang or creator of such a song. The most beautiful thing about the song is that it is not even a dance track! It makes me wonder, if such a song that is somewhat so decent, not an everyday club banger can blow up even than an average club song, could it be that we blame the media too much for Christian music not being popular?
Even when a Christian finally manage to push the limit and release a song with the potential of a big hit which we can draw out catch phrases from, he/she is comfortable with the online success and the followers that keeps famzing him/her about the song that he becomes complacent to further promotional plans… I mean seriously, are you just going to keep making songs for your followers for the period of your career/ministry peak? Whatever happened to being the light of the world?!
Now I am waiting for someone to do a cover of ‘GodWin’ and tell me ‘this will bless you, kindly download’ and I will do like Zebrudaya’s wife and reply ‘If it’s not panadol, it can’t be the same thing as panadol!’
We keep complaining about the content on TV, radio and blogs but I have never seen complaints change anything. It’s high time even the average Gospel artiste became serious and responsible about their craft. Stop giving us 2nd best and holding us to ransom if we are not fond of it! The mistake the artiste keep making is that they think their song is just about them but I beg to differ, it’s bigger than you! It’s about the whole of Nigeria, if not Africa and the world. If each Gospel artiste becomes responsible to dedicate their craft for the well being of the society and churn out edifying content that an average Nigerian can relate to without the religious barriers, if they pay more attention to the widespread of such content and not be dithered by media personalities who wants to box them to Sundays and early mornings, if we do this, I think we can score a good mark today and truly… #GodWin always.
– Written by Alex Amos
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