Kenyan gospel musicians who rarely write their songs and what it means

March 19, 2019 at 07:00
Kenyan gospel musicians who rarely write their songs and what it means

Songwriting is a practice that exists all over the world. It has been around for ages. Some of the greatest musicians of all time, including Michael Jackson, had songwriters. It’s a career as any so there’s nothing wrong with it.

I, however, have some concerns about songwriting in the gospel industry, especially in Kenya. I’m of the opinion that this practice should not exist and I’ll try my best to explain why.

You see, some of the biggest gospel musicians in our country rarely write their songs, they might have the mellowest voices around but they can’t pen down a song or hardly do so.

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Mercy Masika’s Mwema and Nikupendeze were written by Mr. Vee, Shule Yako was written by Pitson.

Pitson

Moji Short Baba was the brains behind most of DK Kwenye Beat’s songs in the last one year, including Kijana Wa Kayole, Kwa Yesu Sawa. He also wrote Kumbe Kumbe by Bahati and Mr. Seed.

A chap known as Godson Jawabu wrote DK Kwenye Beat’s Asusu and Sari Sari.

Pitson also wrote Daddy Owen’s Vanity, Size 8’s Afadhali Yesu and Pale Pale, Makena’s Narudi, Laura Karwirwa’s Ni Neema Yako, among others.

These are just a few examples. They paint a picture of what the local gospel industry has become – a money making venture.

Do you feel a little bit disappointed when you discover that your favourite gospel was not written by the person who sang it? Of course yes.

The notion behind religion is that the man above should use you as a vessel to pass the message of salvation to others. So, what happens when you bought the ‘message’ from another person? Are you a vessel?

On the other hand, assuming the songwriters don’t do it for free, which is pretty obvious, does it mean that they are selling the gospel?

This article was not meant to ridicule any gospel singer, its purpose is to provoke a discussion. What do you think about all this? Leave a comment below.

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  2. Truth be told is that the gospel industry has become a money making venture. Buying lyrics from other artists only means that thr buyer who is also an artist does not take time to read and reflect on the word of Gof so as to get inspired. This tendency should stop. That’s why we seeing the Gospel industry deteriorating on a daily.

  3. I see no problem with it because Jesus doesn’t exist,all religions are basically astrology.So,instead of being preoccupied with personification of celestial bodies,people would be better off trying to understand the real meanings of religions.The people who brought these religions to you,are the same people who colonized you.If these religions were true,they wouldn’t have done that

  4. King of Meffi Content : March 20, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    I kinda agree and disagree with this article Kingsley. Why claim to be a gospel singer when God cannot use you as a vessel to pass on his message on through praise and worship? It’s like claiming to be a prophet but there is a “broker” between you and God who is given the prophesies and passes them onto you as a prophet. Isn’t the real prophet not the one whom God speaks to directly?
    I am not saying they are not saved but they may not be anointed to be gospel singers. However, they could be good at something else in God’s ministry from speaking in tongues, to preaching to all else that is.
    On the other hand, in the Bible we see God using various helpers who step in to boost overly flawed vessels of God. Take for example Aron who stepped in to be a translator for Moses who had a speech impediment and who not so long ago had killed a man. If this is how God works then it can be argued that Kenya’s gospel artist are true vessels of God despite their flaws and lack of talent and songwriters are “helpers” appointed to help them complete God’s work. The selling bit from songwriter to artist is the one that’s a bit disconcerting given that this is a gospel transaction.
    Side Note: Good job Kingsley, your content is gradually improving from hateful to thought-provoking,researched and objective. Kudos!!

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