Gospel singer Bahati under fire for secular collabo
Award winning gospel artist Bahati has been bashed by fellow gospel singer Mr T for collaborating with secular artists on his new hit Kuchu Kuchu.
Bahati, who was crowned the king of the gospel industry at the 2015 Groove Awards, partnered with Rabbit (King Kaka) and Wyre on the feel good jam that was released two weeks ago.
Announcing the collabo on his official Instagram account, Bahati said that he knew that questions would be raised about featuring secular musicians.
The Machozi singer told his fans that he had sought God’s face about the joint venture and he feels that it is time for the two artists to pour their hearts out to God.
Misleading ‘weak’ Christians
Despite his disclaimer, some people within Christian circles have raised questions about the song. Though many did not want to be quoted, Mr T has spoken out saying that he doesn’t support the collaboration.
“Musically speaking, Kuchu Kuchu is a good song, but when it comes from the custodian of the gospel industry – one who has won Male Artiste of the Year in Groove Awards, then I do not support it,” said the Finje Finje hitmaker.
Mr T expressed fears that such collabos could mislead young Christians.
“I do a lot of High School Ministry, and the first question they’d ask me is: Is it right to listen to secular music? My response is always no. We are custodians of God’s ways and the kids look up to us. That young kid in secondary school puts secular in its category: you cannot have good secular and bad secular music; they are all the same” said Mr T.
The singer added that gospel musicians should strive to maintain a positive image so that they don’t confuse those with ‘weak’ faith.
“Those who have weak faith may not understand why you are doing the collaboration, therefore Christian musicians shouldn’t engage in cross-genre collabos.”
God or money
Mr. T argued that the main aim of gospel music is to spread God’s word, but this has changed as artistes are resorting to using the genre to generate revenue and fame.
Speaking to Citizen Digital, Mr T said artists need to decide whether they want to serve God or money.
“Wyre and Rabbit are both talented, but sometimes we need to respect kingdoms. You have to draw the line as a gospel artiste. If we are serving the Lord, then let’s respect that and serve God alone. If we are in it for business and entertainment, then you can record collabo with whomever you wish,” said Mr T.
His sentiments echo those of Mr Googz who has often accused gospel musicians of being mere entertainers instead of ministers.
Mr Googz, who is famed for his Wasee Tumetoka Githurai track, released a song called Gospel Celebrity where he said that “It’s one thing to sing, and it is another thing to sing for Jesus. It’s a shame that most singers are joking; they’re singing to make money and floss it.”
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