Gospel Singer Janet Otieno speaks out on collaboration with secular artistes

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By Annette Amondi

Renowned Gospel musician Janet Otieno has come out to defend Gospel artistes who have collaborations with secular artistes.

Musicians like Willy Paul and Bahati have for some time been bashed for collaborating with secular artistes like Harmonize and Aslay from Tanzania.

Janet Otieno now says for gospel artistes to collaborate with their secular counterparts is not bad as long as they share the message well.

“I would say it’s not that bad if a gospel artiste collaborates with a secular artiste, every human being needs to offer their praises to God, but it has to be purely gospel, “she said

The singer however also stated that some gospel artistes lack mentorship hence the confusing songs ding rounds.

“We have a young generation of both male and female artistes who may be lacking mentorship; they are still growing and need some guidelines on how to go about it. Doing reggae, ragga or rap is not bad, we just need to address the content in the songs. Are we telling the artistes who are talented in these genres that they shouldn’t sing for God? Otherwise we’ll lose them to the secular world. Society is also to blame because it had gotten to a point where if you didn’t do a club-banger type of song then you wouldn’t get as much support for your music: airplay, award nominations and wins, or concerts. So it became more about showbiz rather than ministry”she added

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