Veteran Ghanaian gospel musician, Kwaku Gyasi has refuted the notion that gospel music is not a money-making venture and believes that it is not wrong for one to see gospel music as purely a business-minded venture.
He said if gospel musicians donâ€™t accept the reality by ignoring the money making aspect of their divine calling then they will become a laughing stock in future by not saving enough against unforeseen eventualities.
He opined â€œAnyone who tells you that the gospel music industry isnâ€™t about money making should be ignored. As for me in my life I donâ€™t do any other work apart from being a musician. Thatâ€™s what has fed me up til now so itâ€™s my personal job and my divine calling.
â€œItâ€™s a whole ministry by itself so as for money itâ€™s very important. Without money how can you survive and for you to devote your time demands a lot of money. The car youâ€™ll use is about money, your house youâ€™ll rent, your maintenance and even in future when you can no longer churn out songs, youâ€™ll need money to keep you goingâ€.
Speaking to Cape Coastâ€™s finest radio personality, Amansan Krakye in a virtual chit chat on GBC Radio Central monitored byÂ MyNewsGh.com, Kwaku Gyasi advised other gospel artistes to stop the hypocrisy and accept the reality that making money is necessary.
He added â€œSo it is this time that weâ€™re strong that we have to make money so that we donâ€™t become a liability on our family and beg for aid for the name of God to be tarnished in future. As a gospel artiste, it is strictly business that Iâ€™m involved in. Because when you invite me for a church service and you donâ€™t bless me remember I came with a car and besides I need to look good in terms of my outfit.
â€œAlways you need to dress well since you are a public figure and all this involves money. So whoâ€™ll disprove that music is not a full time job and no gospel artiste will reject your money after performing at your church. So we should call a spade a spade and the truth is always one so we donâ€™t need to be hypocrites because gospel music is a full time jobâ€.
Sometimes, you often come across a news item of a veteran gospel artiste who will be begging for aid when theyâ€™re no longer churning out songs because most of them regard their profession as one that should not be focused on making money.