Alpha and Omega Music Video by Joe Praize: Worship or Plain Vanity?

The importance of a music video especially as a tool for music promotion cannot be overemphasized (see grammar *cool* ) One of the major fears of gospel artistes, I believe in making music video apart from the video quality is majorly content.

Yup. CONTENT.  What is in that 4 to 5 minutes movie with your song playing that would keep viewers glued to their TVs or mobile devices and want to watch it again.

The Secular music industry has surpassed the gospel music industry by far owing to the quality of the videos released on a daily basis. This we can attribute mostly to poor funding /sponsorship, hence these gospel acts have to make do with what they have usually from their own private pockets.

CONTENT: Secular videos are usually characterized by one single theme; VANITY. This is portrayed in the emphasis of money (which most do not have in real life 😛 ), alcohol, parties and clubbing, and nudity/sex. Let’s just say the goal is to incite the vanity in man which we as Christians are supposed to have control over. We are not slaves to money, sex, alcohol etc. We have dominion over these things.

Joe Praize’s Alpha and Omega video directed by Holmes is really BEAUTIFUL and an EXCELLENT job in terms of quality pictures. It can stand shoulders high with the videos shown on MTV and SOUNDCITY. I am so proud of that quality. But that’s not all to a gospel video, is it? NOPE!!!

This song is a great song of worship exalting the GREATNESS and AMAZING QUALITIES of our God. It’s an expression of how we as God’s children should relate with our Lord and Saviour creating an atmosphere of worship all our lives.

So me and my crew … (Did you actually think I do this alone?*tongue out*). Yea, we watched this video which is supposed to be a song of WORSHIPm, yet all we felt was the very same feeling one would feel when watching a WIZKID or a D’BANJ.

Joe wakes up in an expensive apartment (no wahala), says his prayers (no wahala). Then wahala starts when he enters his indoor garage from outside his house (ok, maybe that’s how the house was built sha). I initially though it was to show off the electronically controlled garage opening system. Then he enters a very expensive car (I’m not a car person, someone please help with that brand!  *covers face* ) while he sings. Then he arrives to meet up some friends on a yacht, sipping “red non-alcoholic wine” *whistling* Then I’m wondering.

What’s the correlation between showing off riches/wealth (flashy house, car and yacht) and a song of worship. If it was a thanksgiving song; that is, showing forth what God has done, no wahala but a worship song (showing forth who God is)??? I beg to differ.

GOD IS NOT ABOUT AND IS NOT IN THINGS.

Ok, moving on. Joe joins his “band mates”.  All white band mates. I will not say anything about this although I’m pretty lost why it’s an “all white” band (the back-up ladies try sha in acting their parts). While the band “ministers” to empty seats. Well, that could just be the concept abi?

This is all my opinion though but I just feel that whatever work is done by a Christian, minister or not, should bring hope to the world and strength, edification, encouragement to God’s people as well as be an offering unto God.

On a final note, someone please tell JOE PRAIZE to remove the shades. Thank you.

Please add your thoughts on this matter. Thanks

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ChisosMusic Critique – Why You Love me by Nosa

Nosa is simply an amazing singer.

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His vocal dexterity is..err…permit me to use the word “enviable”. Every song performed by the “Always Pray for You” maestro were delivered with simplicity yet  sound professionalism. No “wash”! I’m only trying to capture my love for this great man’s gift in the best possible adjective I can think of cos he does deserve it.

Now with that said, let’s get down to the song at hand, “Why you love me”.

This is contemporary high-life at its best.

The beat and instrumentals are just right. The lyrics, though in his signature pidgin english delivery are intelligent, well planned and thought of, not some mumbo jumbo and burukete burukete burukete (where did that come from?) which features in most of our songs nowadays, even our very own gospel music.

Ok, now my grouse with the song is that the name “Jesus” or “God” was not mentioned in the full song which is supposedly about God’s love. See, I could as well insert “Rihanna, why you love me” or “Buddha, why you love me” without stress and it’ll still pass. So the question would be Why WHO love me?

Was that on purpose? So as to be relevant in both the secular and gospel sphere?

But seriously, do we need to remove Jesus or God from songs to be relevant?

Can we preach a message without The Message?

Oh well, someone would argue that its “Inspirational Music“. Please spare me the worldly jargon which. That is just an excuse that most gospel artistes use so as to have a bite in the secular market share  .

The message of Jesus is the life transforming GOSPEL and not an INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE.

Peeps might say, he’s not just a gospel musician na. And i’m like o……………………..k.

AS YOU KNOW, THIS IS ONLY MY OPINION. Don’t mind me o.

Overall, the song is a plus for me. Love it. Now your turn, what do you think?

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GOSPEL JAMZ – Who’s Really Grooving?

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Hey guys,

Sorry I haven’t posted in a bit. I was a bit distracted for a while. But a certain angel came to beat me back on track. Glory to God!!

Did you miss me? Or are you part of the lot that wished I was kidnapped and exchanged for gala at Cotonou? LOL

Whatever the case may be… I’m back now.  Hahaha *Self Ovation*

Gosh! A whole lot of songs have been released recently. Great gospel tunes as well as Akamu …err…Akamu… things (can’t bring myself to call them songs). Some of them deserve critique while most are just plain ridiculous and not worth my time to write less you reading them. However, I’ll do my best to see what I can review.

A question’s always bugging my mind. And it’s a question I want to pose to y’all gospel artistes

WHAT IS YOUR MOTIVE FOR DOING GOSPEL?

Are you here for the money, the fame…The glitz and the glamour…The paparazzi…the adoring fans?

If that’s the case, then the object of your passion is material and like all material things, they wear and tear and fizzle out into obscurity and no one remembers them anymore cos a new “product” has taken over. Who remembers Trium phones? Anybody? Ah! Never mind *checks incoming ping*

Think about the gospel artistes that have stood the test of time. Whose songs are still relevant today and are still sung in our various worship services.

One thing is constant…

GOD IS THE CENTRE OF THEIR PASSION.

gloryYou see, God is the only constant, never-changing and ever relevant “product” that has been before eternity and will continue to be even after eternity fades away. If you choose to make him the centre and pillar of your chosen career, you will ultimately be relevant even after you leave this earth. God takes ownership of your songs cos they are about and for him and he uses it for generations to come. Isn’t that even a cooler way to make the money?

Instead you write your songs to the taste of the CREATED rather than the CREATOR. You want to please the people who “would buy your cd” rather than the one who is able to cause you to profit and bring wealth into your house. And the annoying thing is that these people are only waiting to download your content for free without paying a dime.

What’s your call? Choose to focus on our God in all his simplicity and beauty and he will indeed “bless your bread and your water” (Exodus 23:25+) or the people whose loyalty changes with the wind.

So tell me, who’s really grooving your gbedu? JESUS or THE PEOPLE?

Bless.

CM