GOSPEL ARTISTES DOING SECULAR MUSIC
Of late it has seemed that this writer is seeking to understand a lot of things about where some artistes and the industry as a whole stands. These are quite contentious issues, but the writer feels they need to be addressed.
I should however state that this one is inspired by an article I read at www.bigeye.ug about an artiste. In their descriptions, they referred to this particular artiste as, ‘Gospel/Secular Musician.’ In that moment, I laughed at the thought of someone being referred to as both Gospel and Secular artiste. But then again, after critically thinking about it, the writer was right. Food for thought: By the time someone does not know where to place you as an artiste and yet many writings of St Paul, kept emphasizing how he was “separated unto the gospel,” then probably there’s need to rethink your stand.
The other thing that inspired me to write this article is that comment by Gospel Music Diva, Beth Mugisha, who was in Ghana at the time:
“Sooo.. In this country, #Ghana… Teli mbu (Luganda for, “There is nothing like”) you are a gospel artist but you can also sing love songs aside.. You can’t collaborate with a secular artiste. The whole born again community will blacklist you…BLACK is BLACK, WHITE is WHITE…..Choose whom you will serve today.” Are the Ghananians at the extremes?
And there you have it. But also paraphrasing scripture, friendship with the world is enmity with God.
Blurring the lines helps neither the Christians nor the lost. Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. If that is true, should Christians only listen to Gospel Music? And if you think Christians should listen to secular music, should it be the secular music done by the secular artistes/ or should it be secular music done by Christian artistes, or both? Over to you. Leave a comment here.