Notable Gospel Artist and president of Fellowship of Gospel Music Ministers of Nigeria (FOGMNON), Asu Ekiye, has decried the rendering of secular songs during some church weddings, receptions and other gospel events.
In a Facebook post on Sunday, he claimed that “it’s a pity that church folks don’t have love songs and dance songs for social events any more”, adding that “gospel weddings are so full of secular songs these days”.
He was of the view that the development is due to the restriction of gospel songs to a specific genre of music used mostly during worship.
” Believers are helpless. They can’t but use secular songs for their weddings and social events and yet the church system would make you all believe that once it is not worship song, sorry slow solemn song, it is not spiritual .Who said that?
“The worship bug is killing other genre of gospel music and that era is about to end. Where is our gospel rap, reggae or hip songs? Praise singers are carnal people,” he stated.
Subsequently, he urged gospel artists to create more gospel songs in various genre, which can be used in social events.
“So we all must concoct “by force” tongues into our worship package to sound spiritual.
“Notice that most songs coming out from the gospel community now sound alike.
“It must all start with string instrument and some ‘kabosh’ for embelishment and to create that ambience.
“Listen: All songs inspired by God are spiritual irrespective of the genre,” he stated.