Per their role model status, musicians are some of the most influential figures in society. Because their actions and inactions have an effect on people, they're expected to use their music for good but Gospel artiste, Bernard Amankwah thinks they're failing in this regard.
For Bernard, there are too many songs with profane or suggestive lyrics on our airwaves these days and that shouldn't be encouraged because “negative pronunciations have spiritual impact” on listeners.
Speaking with Showbiz about this observation he says he has made over the years, the Presence singer said, “It seems singing profane has become competition for the young crop of artistes these days but we must appreciate that music plays a major role in developing a nation.
"That is why people graced with the gift of songwriting and singing must be very careful what they write, sing and influence others with.
“That is not to say that these young folks aren’t doing the right things but there is a lot of work to be done. Music is spiritual and until musicians understand that and positively play their roles, we will continue to fail the country,” he said.
Though he was hesitant to mention names when asked, Bernard Amankwah said songs that push for the legalisation of weed and immoral behaviours fall within the category.
“You can’t live in a society which abhors the smoking of weed yet propagate that practice in songs. Obviously, this doesn’t encourage any youth and that is why I say musicians are failing the society since they are supposed to know better,” he stated.
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For 11 years, Bernard Amankwah has been hosting the Celebration of His Grace concert to express his gratitude to God for seeing him through the many challenges he encountered growing up.
He told Showbiz the annual event has become a vital platform to propagate God’s goodness and grace to the world.
This year’s Celebration of His Grace is scheduled for the National Theatre on Sunday, September 23, and will feature the likes of Divine Mercy Drama Assembly, the Multimedia Choir, Edwin Dadson, Selasie Osborn, Nii Dowuona and TY Crew from the University of Ghana.
Bernard said he would use the concert to launch his new album.