Gospel singer Mercy Masika has deemed today’s Kenyan Gospel music as none inspiring and business-oriented unlike some years back when singing for God was more intentional from a religious perspective.
Taking the matter to Instagram on Wednesday, the singer poured her heart out stating today’s Gospel music has declined in quality which undercuts the sole purpose of ministering to audiences.
“The reason much of today’s music lacks inspiration and memorability is that people have blurred the lines and turned it into too much of a business,” she captioned
The mother of two went on to explain that some Gospel artistes often fail to remain true to their purpose of creating music.
“It takes moral courage to remain true to inspire, impact and be true to who you are called to be,” Masika added
Adding that music takes time to pay, she advised the younger generation of gospel musicians to remain authentic and avoid being led astray for monetary gains.
“Music often takes time to pay, but when it finally does, it pays very well. There’s a confidence that comes from being true,” she concluded
The award-winning musician could have been passing a cryptic message to gospel-turned secular artists who quit gospel music for greener pastures in the secular world, for instance, Bahati, Willy Paul and Weezdom who are currently secular hitmakers.
Explain the reasons why he opted out of the gospel industry, singer Bahati termed it as a rotten space where he felt he was constantly put to shame and controversy by his fellow musicians.
The Gospel is Christ, I have Christ in my heart and I believe in God and he is the reason I’m at the top. I cannot leave Christ but the gospel industry is rotten.He remarked
Bahati articulated the reason for his exit was that he felt unwelcomed in the gospel industry thus prompting him to explore his creativity in other musical genres.
I was fought a lot in the gospel industry so when I do a gospel song, I do it for God, not for the people. I just separated myself from the Gospel industry for a while, but I’m in Christ and the Lord is my personal savior.