I was condemned for featuring Asem, Richie—Lady Prempeh

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
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Gospel artiste, Lady Prempeh
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Gospel artiste, Lady Prempeh has revealed she was slammed for featuring secular musicians Asem and Richie on her Odo Yi Wohe song in 2010.

Even though the song was quite popular at the time particularly for its inspiring words which encourage people from diverse backgrounds to live peacefully, the Na Ataban singer said not everyone was enthralled.

Lady Prempeh disclosed this last Friday on Hitz FM while on a promotional tour of her song, Aseda which is part of a collection of songs on her latest Aseda album.

According to her, she faced a lot of criticisms from colleagues in the gospel fraternity because of the collaboration which didn’t go down well with most of them.

However, she was comforted with the knowledge that her church supported her decision.
“When I did Odo Yi Wohe with Asem and Richie, people didn’t understand it at that time.

"They felt it was weird for a gospel artiste to feature secular musicians but now, other gospel musicians are doing the same thing.

“My church was supportive because they know winning souls is our main target so I should rather be applauded than bashed,” she stated.

Until she featured the then Lynx signed artistes, collaborations among gospel and secular artistes were very rare.

But Lady Prempeh who describes herself as a game changer says she set the trend with the collaboration which she believed opened doors for many of such projects.

Lady Prempeh made a triumphant entry into the local gospel music arena in 2004 with her eight-track punchy, award-winning debut album, Onyame Ne Mekamafo (God is my Advocate).

She followed it four years later with another popular one, Eho Ye (The ‘place’ is good) and then in 2011, she dropped Na Ataban (His Wings).

Her latest work Aseda is out but instead of releasing all the songs on the album, Lady Prempeh says she will be 'dropping' the songs one after the other every other month. A move, she hopes would catch on well with other gospel artistes.

Born Esther Abena Nyarkoa Prempeh, Lady Prempeh who got married in August this year is the third of six siblings and is the only female child of her parents, Mr. Paul Prempeh and Madam Cecilia Antwi.

She grew up in Kumasi under the care of her grandmother, Madam Christiana Gyasi.