For quite a long time, gospel music was regarded as the most patronized genre of Ghanaian music in Ghana;but in the last couple of years, that unsubstantiated assertion seems to be fizzling out.
This portal , www.bemgh.com has also observed the performance list for the VGMA in the last four years and the revelation is quite telling; that gospel, in the eyes of Charterhouse Ghana (organizers), is not really in ‘high demand’ as opined by stakeholders within the fraternity.
Diana Hamilton is the only gospel artiste that has been enlisted to perform at the main event of the 20th edition of the awards, scheduled for Saturday, May 18, 2019.
She shares the stage with other artistes including Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, and Samini.
There’s more; Kuami Eugene, KiDi, King Promise and Kwesi Arthur, with AMG Medikal in the mix. There’s still more – as Amakye Dede and Sydney complete the list of ‘local’ performers.
Now, here’s the trend that could raise some concern among gospel aficionados;
In 2018, Joe Mettle was the only gospel artiste to mount the stage. In 2017, a Nacee-led Gospel All-Stars occupied the only slot,while in 2016, Joe Mettle was the only gospel representative in a long list of other performers.