In a world where achievements are celebrated and records are broken, Afua Asantewaa stands as a beacon of determination and focus, attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the longest vocal performance.

As I sat by my TV on December 26th, 2023, witnessing this remarkable feat, I couldn’t help but reflect on the beauty of Ghanaian culture, particularly through the lens of gospel music.

Afua Asantewaa’s Sing-a-thon was not only a showcase of her incredible vocal prowess but also a celebration of Ghanaian songs. The presence of Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia and the support from various celebrities, especially musicians, underscored the unity and pride that Ghanaians feel for their cultural heritage.

However, as a Christian and a lover of gospel music, I couldn’t help but notice a subtle absence—where were our gospel songs in this grand musical journey?

While Afua sang an array of Ghanaian songs, the gospel genre seemed to take a backseat after the initial stages of her performance. This prompts a crucial question: Why are our popular gospel songs not dominating such significant platforms?

Let’s delve into the heart of the matter. Ghana is rich in musical heritage, boasting a plethora of beautiful songs and tunes. The fusion of African beats and imported melodies in Afua’s Singathon showcased the diversity and vibrancy of Ghanaian music. However, the gospel genre, an integral part of our musical identity, seemed to fade into the background.

As Christians, we find solace, inspiration, and joy in gospel music. It serves as a powerful tool for worship, reflection, and connection with our faith. Therefore, the apparent scarcity of gospel songs in such a momentous event raises important questions about the state of gospel music in Ghana.

Is it a matter of insufficient production of gospel songs, or are our talented gospel musicians not releasing enough material? Afua Asantewaa’s performance suggests that she diligently learned the songs available to her, so where are the albums and compositions that should be filling the airwaves?

This piece aims to spark a conversation around the status of Ghanaian gospel music, encouraging introspection within our musical community. It’s an opportunity for gospel musicians to step into the limelight and showcase the wealth of beautiful compositions that can resonate with both the youth and older generations.

Biblically speaking, music has always played a pivotal role in worship and expressing the joy of faith. The Psalms, for instance, are a testament to the power of music in connecting with God. In Psalm 150:4 (NIV), it says, “Praise him with tambourine and dancing; praise him with the strings and pipe.” This illustrates that diverse musical expressions, including gospel, have a place in worship and celebration.

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In conclusion, Afua Asantewaa’s Singathon serves as a call to action for the Ghanaian gospel music community. Let us not only appreciate the diverse musical landscape that Ghana offers but also ensure that our gospel songs take their rightful place on the world stage. Through collaboration, production, and promotion, we can rekindle the flame of our gospel music, ensuring that it continues to inspire and uplift the hearts of all who listen.

By: Daniel Kwabena Mantey


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