United Showbiz, The Gospel Grandmother’s Edition – Fred Kyei Mensah writes

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Awwww, what a night on live tv on UTV on the 13th March 2021. It was a nostalgic night that brought memories of gospel divas whose music career spans from 42 years to 25 years. Thanks to the production team led by the indefatigable, Dr. Fadda Dickson, and his crew.

Yesterday, I reached home after my usual Saturday radio tour to meet the usual low voltage power in Pokuase so, had to watch the show on my phone via Facebook. My phone battery was low so, I watched to the point where Diana Hopeson was performing.

It was around 1am when power was restored and charged my phone to watch the rest this morning on the recorded version on Facebook. PERFORMANCE The night brought memories down the lane.

Fortunately, i have worked with almost all the artiste in various capacities through recordings, concerts, workshops etc.

In 1988, I performed with Abaawa Connie and in 1990, I played alongside Diana Hopeson at the Dansoman Exhibition Assemblies of God Church.

In 1994,Hannah Marfo together with the late George Forest, performed at my Aunt’s late husband’s funeral at Nkawie in the Ashanti Region.

All of them performed creditably well but, Hannah Marfo put the icing on the cake. Simply superb! Because of the nostalgia attached to their renditions and performances on yesterday’s night, some people are chastising the current crop of gospel musicians as not worthy of celebration. It is not true!

The current crop of gospel artiste also have something good in them from vocal renditions, songs arrangements, instrumentation, style of play, recordings etc..

If the controversies, makeup overkill, screaming while singing, over embellishments of fashion and the “pɛgya wo nsa” mantra can be reduced, I bet you, the current generation of gospel artists also have something good to offer!

Nana Ama Mcbrown has improved greatly on her presentation. Mama Helena Rabbles dressing was overly ambitious. Though nice, it was someway bi. One comment I read on the walls of United showbiz concerning her dress, cracked me up.

Sarcasm at its best! LolSafoa Band(Keys) is very good. I hope a fashion house sponsors their costumes. LolThis edition was one of the best in production.

The sound was so on point. People are requesting an encore from another set of gospel divas like Cyndi Thompson, Cecilia Marfo, Diana Asamoah, etc. We also need the upcoming gospel sensations like Efe Grace, Luigi McLean, Kyei Mensah, etc on the show.

Let’s endure the sponsorship breaks. It is what pays for the show! Awwww, where was Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo? Charlie, like he goes kill the dancing. Walahi!Utv, it’s all about you! Let’s support the creative industry. Kudos!

By Fred Kyei Mensah (Fredyma) is Ghanaian renowned Music Producer