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‘Gospel musicians should avoid resorting to juju’

 Ewuraesi, known in the music circles as “Gospel Shata” or “Gospel Rapper” has admonished gospel artistes to shun the practice of resorting to black powers “juju” to make their songs popular.

The “ungodly act,” according to her, was contrary to the teachings of the Bible and a mark of hypocrisy and dishonesty that defied the essence of gospel songs.

The Takoradi based gospel rapper was speaking in an interview with the media at Assin Fosu, to rally support for her album titled “Aseda”.

According to the “Aseda” hit maker, she had personal experiences of people who went all out to persuade her to use “juju” but refused, adding that “some Ghanaian gospel musicians rely solely on “juju” in order to stay relevant and also have hit songs.”

The talented gospel star advised upcoming artistes to stay away from the use of ‘juju’ or voodoo and concentrate on their careers to achieve their aims because using spiritual powers to gain fame would eventually end them in disgrace and public ridicule.

The born again Baptist and International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) member underlined her unflinching determination to extend the message of God through her smoothing gospel music with head-nodding flavours to effectively reach out to the youth.

Touching on the shameless attitude of some men who demanded sexual favours from female gospel musicians, she advised her fellow female artistes not to fall prey to such demands since those men saw women as sex objects.

Several people in the entertainment industry had pointed accusing fingers at Film Producers, Directors, Music Producers among others for demanding sex from females in the entertainment industry before engaging them in any field of endeavour within the industry.

That, she explained was against the ethics of that profession and could jeopardize their working relationship and truncate their music career.

“They should not exchange the sanctity of their womanhood for any material things or satisfy the sexual pleasures of self-seeking men at the detriment of their fledging career.”

Citing her personal encounters, she said “I have been through a lot but one thing I say authoritatively is that, one must stand firm to overcome such difficult temptations. You must know where you are coming from and where you are going and pray fervently against such unscrupulous men.”

She indicated that business should be separated other relationships and there would be success even if an artiste and her manager were not engaged in any form of sexual relationship.

The gospel songstress’ music journey started in 2004 at the University of Ghana, where she performed at various programmes on campus and entertainment venues under the name “Lady Andy”.

 

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