Ghanaian gospel singer and University of Ghana lecturer Wegeiwor Aseweh has said that no one can make a good Reggae song unless they are “smart”.
Wegeiwor, who was on a media tour to promote his new gospel song Reggae First love, the first single from his next Ibada EP, made his comments during a radio conversation on Ghana’s Okay 101.7FM.
“I’m talking about Reggae… It’s just an observation. Mi yes! If you are not smart, you would not be able to sing Reggae songs, or compose them. You can not ; if you are not smart. Because you have to be a philosopher to sing reggae, ”Wegeiwor said during the discussion.
“I haven’t found a reggae singer yet who isn’t smart. I haven’t found one yet… you have to be very deep in knowledge, very philosophical and aware enough to find the right words to compose like a Reggae song, ”she insisted.
When the host of the program questioned the religious integrity of doing a gospel song to a Reggae beat and whether the Reggae composition deviates from what is considered sacred, Wegeiwor said that Reggae was an absolutely perfect genre. to carry the message of God, for the Almighty worships intelligence.
“I’m a worshiper, and who said God hates intelligence?” So that still doesn’t stop me from being a worshiper, ”she said.
The seemingly mystified host told Wegeiwor that “reggae is a genre that rhythm forms and composes a song that is reggae” and “you are a gospel artist and you have emphatically stated it – that and you are a gospel artist “.
“But worship isn’t reggae, is it?” He asked with a puzzled look.
However, Wegeiwor replied that cult music is not based on rhythms, but lyrical content.
“Worship is more the words than the tempo. You can still worship God in reggae, ”she said.
Wegeiwor’s Reggae Gospel Song First love, focuses on how Jesus Christ would redeem those who repent and follow him. Her Ibada The EP is scheduled for release by the end of the year.
Contrary to the surprise to the radio host, Gospel Reggae is believed to be the fastest growing segment of Reggae music today.
In fact, Gospel has always been a hallmark of Jamaica’s distinct musical genres, including Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae and even its derivative Dancehall which had its roots in the “Word of God”.
Songs like Oil in my lamp by Eric ‘Monty’ Morris which was released in 1964, The tree of life (we roll over it)‘Ska-era Strange Jah Cole and Ken Boothe are impeccable indicators of a major Gospel influence in Jamaican music; similarly the song Reggae The rivers of Babylon of Brent Dowe and the Melodians, a later cover of which also became a worldwide hit for the Boney M.
The lyrics for Rivers of Babylon were adapted from Bible verses in Psalms 19 and 137. The song appeared on the soundtrack of the 1972 film The Harder They Come, as well as the 1999 film Bringing Out the Dead and Jack Goes Boating in 2010.
Peter Tosh’s song Creation from his Bush Doctor album, released in 1978 based on the Books of Genesis and the Psalms of David, and the book by Ernie Smith Everything for Jesus which was published in 1974, have also long been accepted as church songs.
Additionally, many of Jamaica’s greatest reggae and dancehall icons, even secular artists, have long voiced Gospel Reggae tracks, first among them Sanchez and later George Nooks, Carlene Davis, Lieutenant Stitchie. , Junior Tucker and even Beenie Man. The songs are highly regarded at Dancehall, where themes of God predominate among the core subjects of ganja, guns and girls.