Cwesi Oteng: I revolutionised GH Gospel music

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Cwesi Oteng revolutionary
Cwesi Oteng

Contemporary Gospel artiste, Cwesi Oteng has said that he championed the modernisation of gospel music in Ghana and made it attractive.

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According to him, until his entry, the gospel music scene was perceived as “dull” but all that changed after he released God Dey Bless Me.

Speaking with Showbiz recently, the I Win artiste said his style is what has made contemporary gospel music more popular and is enjoying huge patronage in recent times.

“It has not been an easy journey but it has been worth it. I remember my first encounter with a prominent presenter in the country and that was the saddest day of my life.

“He told me to my face that my music will not sell since Ghanaians don’t like the style of hip songs.

“But the story later changed when the song became very huge and that paved the way for contemporary gospel music so I’m not surprised it’s very huge today.

“Even the days when settings for gospel music videos were in churches or by flowers have changed because Cwesi Oteng brought something new and it has been worth it,” he said.

Cwesi Oteng’s debut album, Mercy Project was released in 2012 and had two hit songs Mercy and God Dey Bless Me which propelled him to stardom.  

The album’s success saw him getting three nominations in the Song of the Year, Video of the Year & Artiste of the Year West Africa categories at the 2012 Africa Gospel Music Awards.

With other songs like Kabiyesi, Great Are you Lord, You Love Me So and Meye Wode, Cwesi Oteng told Showbiz he will soon release his Anthems I album which he recorded live last year.

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