The Gospel industry rises again
In a year when gospel artistes have been struggling, a few have managed to keep the fire burning releasing hits.
It was like a wakeup call! After the sad state of the local gospel industry a week ago was exposed, gospel artistes are now back in studio working on new projects, each aiming at ending the year on a high.
In fact, award-winning singer Papa Dennis has teamed up with Mr Dawa to release a new album Utanitosha, a glitz and pomp event that will be held in Nairobi on Sunday next week. This comes only a week after Masterpiece King released his new Cheki Juu video, a time when Ringtone and Rose Muhando’s new song Walionicheka was hitting 1.4 million views on YouTube.
Papa Dennis says he has been working on some projects which are due for release as he notes that his career has been consistent since he started off about six years ago.
“The Dawa album launch, which I am doing together with Mr Dawa will prove to you that we haven’t been sleeping. The best is yet to come. Unanitosha is an album that will reignite the gospel fire and give fans something to talk about as the songs bless them,” Papa told Pulse.
As Papa and Mr Dawa plan for the big day, Ringtone is racking YouTube numbers with Walionicheka which has turned a church anthem across the region and garnered over 1.4 million views on YouTube, numbers that only trending Gengetone new-breed artistes can afford. In fact, the song has the potential of being the biggest gospel single in the region – if it isn’t so yet.
“Some people have been claiming that I haven’t been doing much, musically, but I now think they have their answer. I thank God for the way the song is blessing people and lifting many hearts. You can’t argue with numbers,” Ringtone told Pulse.
“I have kept on insisting that gospel artistes should keep off music that boarders secular and in my opinion, many have gone down because of that…I am not mentioning names but you know them…,” he notes.
Here are some other names that have kept the gospel industry going:
For the last three years, he has been the only light shining brighter for the men in the gospel fraternity. His clean record and ability to stay away from controversy has seen him become an endeared figure by his fans and has won him admirers as well who are not bound by age. Guardian is the definition of a musical genius and it’s not hard to see why he calls himself ‘Music Doctor’. His ability to produce songs in any genre that you can think of is just one of his many accomplishments.
The music he has been releasing continue to show why he is the most sought after gospel artiste. His record breaking wins at this year’s Groove awards shows just how good the industry has been to Jabidii. His voice makes him stand out from many and so does his songwriting skills. His well-choreographed videos are a minefield for dance enthusiasts.
He is undoubtedly the crème in the industry right now. His August Yesu Mtaani album launch was a testimony of the hard work he has put in since breaking away from Kelele Takatifu. Doubling up also as a songwriter Moji has been using his magical pen to keep afloat the careers of some musicians as well.
Her move to Citizen TV as the host to Bambika and Rauka shows came as a surprise. Her musical career has been rising slowly after a short stint when it seemed all was not well in her corner. She has ventured out and done three collaborations in the last one year, which is quite opposite from what introduced her to the industry, solo releases.
Wahu and Size 8
The two - since crossing over from secular - have been releasing hits in their own pace and success is following them hence the ‘Power’ in their latest release together. They have managed to remain relevant.
Ambassador Mercy Masika is the queen of the gospel industry. To take the crown from her has proven difficult for everyone in the industry and it’s not hard to see where corporates have been looking to have her as a brand ambassador.