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Article by: Yinde Georgiana – a contestant for May 2020 #iJAFaceofTheMonth Contest
Why does Gospel music lack danceable beats; compared to secular music in Cameroon? Are worship songs spiced up enough to satisfy the thirst of music lovers in Cameroon? Can the lack of nude pictures in Gospel music video clips really be the reason behind the low consumption rate of Gospel music? Is the lack of infrastructure really a major barrier to the creation of Gospel music in Cameroon?
A music lover in Cameroon cannot deny the fact that the satisfaction derived after watching the Gospel for life musical competition 2019 and The Voice Afrique musical contest supervised by professionals in both fields of Gospel and the secular music was quite different. These programs were aired on a vast number of television stations across the country and one can still get a glimpse of it on iJesusAfrica.com and on The voice Afrique on YouTube.
The first difference one would notice should be the nodding of the head, shaking of the shoulders, tapping of the legs during the ‘The voice Afrique’ musical competition due to the dancehall beats blistering from the music pieces while there is more of mouth opening and closing of the eyes during the ‘Gospel for life musical competition‘ due to the inspirational worship or sensational beats. At the same time, inquisitiveness would overtake one’s mind as to find out the magnificent techniques and hard work and resources put in place to be able to come out with very danceable music and inspirational worship music. YOU MAY SKIP THE ADVERT BELOW AND SCROLL DOWN TO CONTINUE READING…
One can get glimpses of this while browsing through articles on MadeofGodtv.com.What genre of music do people rush in for in this country Cameroon? Due to the fact that a majority of the population is French, a good percentage of the populace goes in for danceable music. This is followed by rap music. Then the ‘slow music’ as the secular music lovers would call it and ‘worship’ as the Gospel music lovers would call. This has made some of the Gospel artists to restrategize by rebranding their beats to possess more dancehall and rap. This can be observed in so many clips on dewordz.com. These strategies have helped a great deal to boost the consumption level of Gospel music in Cameroon.
If one should really care to know my views concerning the content, creation, and consumption of Gospel music in Cameroon, that person will have no option than to criticize my opinions because of the unfairness towards other genres of music surely because I belong to a particular religious group surely the Gospel group or Christianity. The truth is that as a Christian, I am fully aware that Satan was the angel in charge of music in heaven. When he left heaven, he came down to earth with the ability to create wonderful danceable or rap or other genres of music. Due to the fact that he is now against God, he demonizes this magnificent beats with nudity and alcoholism and other sinful acts to spice up the full content and creation of secular music.
He freely gives these beats to his followers who make a lot of waves with their music because as a matter of fact, their music is pleasant to the ears. Of course, their souls will perish with him in hellfire. Gospel artists lack these beats and honestly they have to go to God in prayer for a fresh anointing on beats. During creation, especially when putting up the video clips, it is true that solid infrastructures, state of the art monuments are needed in order to produce a mouth-watering video. This is always possible with secular artists, as a matter of fact, a greater percentage of wealthy people in the world are ‘Pre-followers’ of Christ, so they can easily give out money and structures to their own for production and that explains the reason why most Gospel artists are unable to produce mouth-watering video clips.
One can easily notice the presence of naked ladies in most secular music videos; this, in reality, gives them a bigger viewer base because man is tempted to watch naked pictures. So they use drugs and alcohol to convince these hypnotized girls who pose naked in their videos. The Gospel artists cannot do that because of their faith which kicks against nudity. The government structures make it easier for night clubs to operate in the country rather than churches and Christian centers. This makes it easier for the populace to rush to these clubs no matter which denomination they are coming from to listen to such secular music due to the very irresistible beats and clips.
The gospel lovers, on the other hand, have fewer churches and Christian centers or programs to portray their acts thus it is really a fact that they are almost insignificant in the music industry. If I want to explain this to you from a spiritual point of view, I will say the music industry is a great platform where Satan fights Christianity.
Cameroonian Gospel artists/ministers need to revisit the drawing board! This will eventually lead to a better consumption of Gospel music in Cameroon. The questions are; what is lacking? What needs to be done? and I think the lacking ingredients are the raw materials needed for production. It is true that most Gospel artists have better voices than their secular counterparts but they lack the sophisticated studios and the money to shoot their video clips at desired locations.
One can easily notice what I am talking about by taking a closer look at one of the leading music production studios in Africa; MoHits.com who have never produced a Gospel artist or song. This goes to tell us that the Gospel community needs to wake up and come together in order to create sophisticated studios for production. Finances are needed for video clips. The Gospel community needs to fight for laws in the country that will permit the creation of more churches and Christian centers and programs that will permit the consumption of Gospel content.
Not leaving out the naked pictures clips; the Gospel community has to come up powerfully in the movie industry, producing films that would educate the girl child on the fact that exposing her nakedness to the public is very demonic. This would limit the appearance of naked ladies in secular music which will lead to people now listening to message in music more than just pictures or choreography
I am very sure there are some who are reading this article and have many other worries or questions as concerns the content, creation, and consumption of Gospel content in Cameroon. Also as days evolve, new perspectives will always be identified. Feel free to ask such questions or get more insight to this discourse by dropping a comment below or connect.
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Note: The above was an iJAVoices kind of article. iJAVoices is a collection of engaging views and analysis from outside and in-house contributors, on the issues affecting society and faith today. iJAVoices do not necessarily reflect the views of iJesusAfrica and the opinions expressed are solely those of the author(s).