Patience Nyarko over the weekend said Joe Mettle isn’t who he is as he’s being hailed by some music fanatics and industry players. The ‘W’afom Kwan’ hitmaker continued that Joe Mettle will find himself wanting should the Methodist and the Pentecost Church stop him and others from using their songs in Ghana.
“How many English songs has Joe Mettle composed in this country? Let the Church of Pentecost and Methodist Church come out with a directive that no musician should sing their songs, I tell you he will fall.” Patience Nyarko irritated on Onua FM’s ‘Anigye Mmere’.
The remark was a direct reaction to a claim by a UK-based Ghanaian Event organizer that Ghanaian gospel music relatively does not cross borders.
DJ Alordia of Alordia Promotions had argued that language has always been a factor hence, any time he organized an event with Ghanaian gospel musicians as performers, he struggled to break even. According to him, he did so on three occasions and the narrative was same.
He mentioned that patrons were mainly Ghanaians who understood the language, stressing that he did not get other nationals like Nigerians and South Africans attending.
Citing Nigerian gospel musicians who use the pidgin language in most of their songs, Alordia told host Christian Agyei Frimpong that the diversity attracts lots of people from other countries in UK.
He, however singled out Joe mettle, who uses the English language in some of his works.
“So, when you put him on a show here in UK, you get lots of foreigners attending.”
His submission irked Patience Nyarko who posited that the statement was an insult to other Ghanaian gospel musicians.
“Joe Mettle is not where people want us to believe he is. The way people want to lift him above all of us, they will give him problem. He is not yet there. People want us to believe he is better than all of us gospel musicians in Ghana,” she retorted.
“Apart from Joe Mettle singing Pentecost and Methodist songs, how many English songs has he composed and you want to disrespect some of us that write our own songs.”
Patience Nyarko appears to have fallen on the dagger of some tweeps as they have been fuming with rage.
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By: Nana Yaw Citizain