Popular Ghanaian gospel musician Celestine Donkor has expressed her displeasure for the practice where churches and other event organizers only say ‘thank you’ and fail to give Gospel musicians some ‘nokofio’ after they perform at their events.
In her view, that practice needs to stop because music is a capital-intensive venture and Gospel artistes are not exempted from spending big on their works.
“The sad part is that the secular artistes are not treated the same, so why does it happen to Gospel musicians? I have been on several shows with secular musicians who were paid so well but I got nothing. This thing has to stop,” she said in a recent interview.
She indicated that it was about time corporate bodies and churches saw their work as a business and not just singing for God.
“A lot of people have the perception that once you do Gospel, it is God’s work and you shouldn’t take money for a performance. How do we record or shoot music videos if we don’t make money from our hard work?
Gospel musicians should come together and with one voice fight this problem which is gradually killing the gospel industry,” she indicated.