Nana Yaw Boakye, commonly known as MOG Music, the two-time VODAFONE Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) Male Vocalist of the Year, has addressed why Ghanaian gospel artists are not represented at the Grammy Awards.
According to the gospel musician, who was featured on Sarkodie’s album (Pressure) on the single “I’ll Be There,” his peers show little interest in big global prizes.
He did say, though, that he had the plan to turn it into such schemes.
“I’ve got the blueprint; I’ll show it to my coworkers.” It’s not something I’m going to keep to myself… “We’ll work on it next year and see what comes out of it,” he stated in an interview with Hitz Fm’s Daybreak Hitz.
The gospel singer, who has a number of popular songs under his belt, verified Ghanaian gospel performers’ reluctance to pursue international recognition.
He told the show’s host, KMJ, about a recent poll he conducted that revealed the processes involved in persuading gospel singers to submit themselves as candidates for international award programs.
He explained, “I was able to interact with folks who serve on these boards, and they showed me the criteria, the methodology, and how we (Africans) can enter into that arena.”
Despite widespread belief that gaining recognition in award systems such as the Grammys was tough, MOG Music remarked, “It’s really open, but we think it’s impossible since we haven’t explored on that side.”
“People associated with these awards indicate that they have never received any requests for nominations from Ghana (gospel artistes),” he added.
MOG Music, a modern gospel singer, composer, and pastor, published his first album, ‘New Wine,’ in 2016, which earned him African Gospel Music Award accolades for songs like ‘Be Lifted,’ as well as nominations for ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Discovery of the Year.’
He released a track with Sarkodie called “Making It Big.”
Ohemaa Mercy, Joe Mettle, Denzel Prempeh, Jekalyn Carr, Danny Nettey, Nii Okai, and Ron Kenoly are among the gospel musicians with whom the gospel singer has collaborated.