Musicians Connect: A Flicker of Hope for Gospel Artists in Ghana

As the popular saying goes, ‘when the music hits you feel no pain’ and there is a sense of fulfilment when an artist produces good music and sees it in the trends. Although this is the desire for every artist not many of them see it fulfilled and especially for gospel artistes in Ghana, many have little knowledge of the appropriate channels to use in promoting and distributing their music. These artists get discouraged and do not pursue their music career as a result of some of these challenges.

There is a group, Musicians Connect with the core objective of aiding gospel artistes in the production, promotion, and distribution of their music. Musicians Connect is inviting church choirs and singers to voice training and interactive sessions with media houses and music promoters on how to enhance the promotion of gospel music online, on radio and TV. This event will be taking place on Saturday, February 9th at the Charismatic Evangelism Ministry, North Legon-Accra.

Musicians Connect is being held in collaboration with television and radio stations across the country, Apprise Music (Music Distributor ) and the Gospel Bloggers Association of Ghana. Ministering at this event are Mary Ghansah, Willie & Mike, Max Praize, Efe Grace, Jackson Quaye, Lil Zig among others.

Tickets are going for a cool GHC 20 and are available at the Silverbird Cinema at the Accra Mall. You can reserve yours by calling any of the numbers: 0507247294, 0240167355, 0548011224

You can also click here the link to buy your ticket.

Content Source: Gospel Bloggers Association



Lightening Up 2019: Bro Philemon Drops 4 Hit Tracks

Born on October 15th, 1980 in the suburbs of Manse, Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, Ishmael Philemon Ackon, popularly known as Bro Philemon has enjoyed the influence of music through the church. It is no wonder the gospel musician, performer, songwriter and producer has released four new songs which are already making waves in this new year. His parents, Beatrice Ivy Ackon and the late Reverend Emmanuel Eddie E. Ackon, were members of the Methodist Church who played various roles in the gospel musician’s successful career.

Bro Philemon is currently a worship leader at the Shenzhen International Fellowship in China where he resides with his wife Mary Joy Yap Dugaduga and children Beatrice Ivy-Joy Ackon and Trixie Efua-Otuah Ackon.

The multiple gospel award-winner is also a businessman and the Chief Executive Officer of P & D MPC HK Co. Limited (Hong Kong) and Philemon’s Supply Management SZ Co. Limited (Shenzhen, China).

His four new songs feature popular names like Akesse Brempong, Amy Newman and Jeremy Rayborn Hall. These songs are already receiving massive airplay and they include:

The Song & The Dance featuring Jeremy Rayborn Hall (Download Here):  

‘Your Name’ featuring Akesse Brempong (Download Here)

‘Sweetest Name Remix’ feat Amy Newman (Download Here)

‘Higher Ground’ (Download Here)

Content Source: Gospel Bloggers Association

“Understand the Seasons & Embrace Technology,” Gospel Artiste Advises

Contemporary Gospel Musician, Samuel Osei Kwarteng, popularly known as Kwame Kwarteng is calling on musicians, particularly, those doing the gospel genre to understand the ‘times’ and adopt its accompanying technology in the production and distribution of their music.

The writer and singer of the hit single, Signs and Wonders, says this music industry is currently receiving its fair share of educational influences on both producers and consumers, therefore, a twist in the way the music is being made. He, however, refuted claims that the gospel industry in Ghana is collapsing, but, rather sees the genre as entering into a new ‘season.’

“Music is a tool for evangelism and our music will change. We should, however, update the way we think and accept whatever that comes with it. If you don’t update yourself when the season comes, you will perish,” he said. “Now, some songs become hit on social media so our ability to use this tool very well is what will take us there,” Mr Kwarteng added. 

The 2016 graduate of the University of Development Studies, who has been singing since IMG-20180709-WA0012childhood, believes prophecies in the Bible concerning  the pouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh in the last days, is being manifested in the increase in the number of gospel ministers who are also skilful in the art and performing miracles through their music.   

Mr Kwarteng, who is yet to go into this Ministry fulltime, admits there are challenges in the gospel terrain compared to other genres of music, therefore, his decision to combine singing with a regular job. In addition to the hit single, Signs and Wonders, the artist has Onim Wo Din, two songs which were inspired through scriptures. 

Signs and Wonders is a prophetic song and I see this season as a prophetic one. I got the inspiration for this song from Mark 16:17, where Jesus said signs and wonders will follow them who believe. For that reason, if you become a believer, you should not struggle for certain things in life,” he said.

“His death brought victory and blessings. First, we used to live in bondage and curses and were in deep sin but he came to die for us. If I lift up my hands and pray, the sick should be healed because that is the umbrella I operate under, so, we are made for signs and wonders as Jesus Christ said,” Mr Kwarteng said.  

The contemporary-style gospel musician traces his influences to Ron Kenoly, Alvin Slaughter, Don Moen, Tye Tribbett, Travis Greene, Lawrence Flowers, Mali Music, Donnie McClurkin and William McDowell. In Africa and Ghana, Nathaniel Bassey, Uche Agu, Joe Mettle, Jeshurun Otchere and Pastor Emmit are musicians Mr Kwarteng looks up to. 

The Righteous Cry.

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This Saturday, July 21, Kwame Kwarteng in collaboration with Kharis Life Foundation will be hosting a worship and prayer service dubbed Righteous Cry. The programme is taking place at the African Regent Hotel at exactly 3pm. Other ministers who will be ministering include Jeshrun Okyere, Pastor Emmit, A.B Kwarteng, Min. Mary and Rev. Nana Perbi.

The theme for this event, according to the musician, was inspired by Psalm 34:17 and it is an attempt “to get believers away from the ‘noise’ to a time with God when His words will be quoted back to Him.”  

“It will be ourselves and God and if we do that he is going to hear our cry.  It’s worship, prayer and the word and it’s free,” Mr Kwarteng concluded. 

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