by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Although not as popular as it should be on these shores, gospel music has produced a lot of notable stars. Some have been in the spotlight for a while now, however, some have come and gone.
Here is a list of gospel artistes we used to really love back in the days.
Pastor Kingsley Ike – Pastor Kingsley Ike’s popularity was massive back in time, especially with the release of ‘Wamilele’. The catchy track had the popular makossa rhythm, which was the order of the day in the 90’s. There were rumours that Ike was not from Nigeria, perhaps he jut took his bag and left as these days, we can’t seem to find him anywhere in the country.
Resonance – In the beginning, Resonance was a group of two, consisting of a lady and a young man. And they hit the limelight with the song, ‘Chinwe Ike’. Their popularity slowly increased from the East and spread across the nation. The popularity earned them a remix with the legendary 2face Idibia. Both group members have since gone their separate ways and eventually into oblivion.
Dupe Sholana – Dupe Sholana’s brand of gospel music was indigenous and infectious. She was the one who made ‘Jesus sef na correct’ a Sunday staple in every church. But she has faded away without a trace.
Asu Ekiye – There was a time when Asu Ekiye headlined every major gospel event in the country. Although he sang most of his songs majorly in Niger Delta languages, the acceptance of his music was very high. However in recent years, he has steadily fizzled out.
Folake Umosen – Umosen’s claim to fame was ‘Kosobabire’, a well composed and arranged song with brilliant instrumentation. But she has proven to be not just a one-single wonder, but also a one-album wonder, as she hasn’t put anything else into the market since then.