Let’s Talk About Underrated Gospel Artist!!!

Growing up, I listened to the likes of Sammie Okposo, Keffee, TY Bello, Panam Percy Paul, Ayefele and Tope Alabi. Yes, Tope Alabi! Tope Alabi is one of the underrated powerful gospel artists. Not only does she have a unique style, she also has an angelic voice that literally pierces through your soul.

 

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Tope Alabi also known as Ore ti o common, and as Agbo Jesu was born on the 27th October 1970 in Lagos State, Nigeria to Pa Joseph Akinyele Obayomi and Madam Agnes Kehinde Obayomi. She is the only daughter out of the three children in the family. she hails from Yewa, Imeko of Ogun State. Tope Alabi pursued her educational attainment with seriousness and dedication as it deserved. Between 1982 to 1984 during her secondary school days, her interest in music and drama led her to join the then “Jesters International” (Jacob, Papilolo & Aderupoko) group at Ibadan, where she got her initial training and experience in drama. She worked with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Ibadan as a correspondent under the supervision of Mr. Yanju Adegbite, between 1990 & 1991. She also worked with Center-spread Advertising Limited, Ilupeju area of Lagos in the year 1991 – 1992. After having various work experiences, Patricia Temitope Alabi came back into the theatre Art profession as she joined the prestigious “Alade Aromire Theater group” in 1994. There, she was able to distinguish herself as a gifted and talented actress and singer.

I was visiting a friend the other day and she raised the topic of how underrated Tope Alabi was and at first, I was like that is not true! turns out, it is kind of true. You hear a lot about artist such as Nathaniel Bassey, Tim Godfrey, etc. being invited to come and minister in churches but not very often do you hear of Tope Alabi being invited to a church program.

Did you know Tope Alabi has composed over 300 soundtracks for Yoruba films? Or that she has over 11 albums and 32 singles that will take you to another level of worship? (at least I think so). All her song I believe are hits back to back! Her latest album is titled Yes and Amen, and contains 12 tracks. It is definitely one you must listen to.

One of the things I like most about Tope Alabi’s song is her ability to put a story in a song.  Not just any story, but one with actual life lessons. Yes, she sings in Yoruba, but we all have that Yoruba friend that can interpret for us. Also, she incorporates English as well.

Although Underrated, she is one you should listen to while driving home, eating, having a chill day or even a stressful one!

If you all are as curious as I am you must be wondering why she is not getting the recognition she is clearly deserves. Could it be because of her unique style? Could it be because social media have a specific standard for promoting artist and think she doesn’t meet that standard? Or could it be because she doesn’t conform to rules society have made when it comes to the music industry?

These are questions I want you all to think about and also open your mind to accepting “different” not just in the music industry but even beyond.

  What are your thoughts on this? Drop your comments below! 

 

 

NEWS: Gospel artist Zack Dekera Sends a strong Message to Fellow Gospel Artists

Uprising Nigerian Gospel artist Zack Dekera, who formerly based in Port Harcourt took to the media to send a striking message to his fellow gospel artists in the Nigerian industry. After facing some tough challenges that shook his ministry and family, Zack goes on soul searching and seeks to inspire and teach others what he has learned from his journey.

Zack Dekera is a lead singer with COZA workforce at Port Harcourt campus. He started his music career at age 20. Hosted 11 gospel concerts since 2007, tagged “The Truth”. He has two major singles to his credit. “TAKING OVER” AND “Lokuchina”

He is a graduate in mathematics/computer science. A Gospel singer married to Anita Dekera with son -Dewan Dekera.

He was once working with Intels Nigeria Ltd at Onne Port Harcourt as a CCTV operator. There he was able sponsor his music passion effectively and affected lives as well. But when the country entered recession making many companies to reduce staff strength he was affected. He shares;

“I ventured into palm oil business with some money I got from company so as to have sustaining income for family while he searched for another. But got duped along the line which left me no choice than to sell my car and some house appliances so as to travel out of the country in search for greener pastures. Along the line I got duped too by agents. I had no choice but to send my pregnant wife and son to stay with my mother in-law in Delta State, while I relocated from PH to Lagos since the house we lived in was already expired by two years.

I applied so many places for job to no avail. In order to keep things rolling for the family I decided to do laborer jobs to get daily pay.“

He took to his Facebook page to post a video of himself with pictures. Advising many out there that;

There is difference between ARCHIVED SUCCESS and BEING SUCCESSFUL

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“For my family and music, i am not ashamed to start all over again, i am ready to do anything positive to keep my dream”

He went further to release a video where he advised two set of people:

1.All budding singers, artiste, actors and

2. Those at top of their career. Here is a transcript from the video :

He further shares;

 “some people wait to die and be in Hell fire before they seek who would advice their beloved on earth, i choose to be Zack Dekera; who in my hell situation here on earth, cry out my advice to two set of people today” First set of people My fellow upcoming singers, musicians, artiste, actors, stop begging to be known, to be heard or to fulfill your purpose., stop pursuing people to carry you along. All that ends up reducing your value and worth. If i may ask who wants to help you? Is it the Pastor, Music director, church members, celebrity? Or abi this people aint humans who need help too ni? I remember in 2011 i asked my pastor for N5000 to execute a music proposal i had then and he asked me if i was a member of the church. That was his way of shelving me aside. My advice, start with what you have, where you are, those around you and be consistent. God alone will find you when you are strategic, Truthful and Dedicated Second set of people i will advice in my Hell situation *Those of you who think you’ve made it to the top, look around me very well. This i am passing now and something similar is real. I once used to work and earn real comfortably to sponsor my music career and family. I have hosted big music events before nw, dropped two singles as well but when recession came, i lost my Job, Had to sell my car, sell some properties just to feed wife and son..”

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In his video he clearly stated, that everyone should learn to;


1. Be strategic with Gods word when you achieve success

2. Be truthful to Gods word when u achieve success

3. Be dedicated to Gods plan and purpose for your life. Don’t digress

The profound lesson

1. We should learn to start with what we have and wherever we are.

2. We should learn to depend on God for uplifting.

3. We should learn to save and invest as well assist others grow well.


When all these are done you live a successful life and won’t end up in bad times and situations, just like he did.


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Da’voice production presents a Gospel artist unveiling concert | 30th of April 2017


Da’voice records holds her first gospel concert on the 30th of April where she will unveil Yemy Praize and launch its record label.

 

Da’voice records is a gospel record label that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos; conducts talent scouting and development of new gospel artists.

  

The artist to be unveiled Adeyemi Adebayo Abiodun also known as “Yemy Praize” is a gospel artist under the umbrella of Da’voice records. Yemi started his gospel music career at the age of 14 in his local church where he joined the teenage choir. Moving up to the adult choir in 2009, God’s grace upon his life increased as he gave all to him in worship and Praise. He became the choir director in his local church in no time. He went ahead to join an independent gospel music group “Nehemiah Minstrels” where, he alongside like minds use their talents to praise God and preach the Gospel. In 2017, he dropped his album titled “Jesu Loba” which is currently making waves. Yemi Praize does African Contemporary Gospel music and also gets inspiration to write his songs from the Holy spirit during worship to God.

 

Ministering:  Yemi Praize, Chika 100%, Obiwon, Dave Mor, Joyi, Desam, Roseline Nkosi, Amos Izomo, SLK (Mc), Dirty Mouth, Team Nigeria.

 

Tickets available:

Regular – N1000
Table for 5 (VIP) – N10,000

Date: 30th of April 2017

Time: Red carpet (3pm) Concert (4pm)

Venue:  28b Isaac John Street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos (Celebration Garden Event Centre)

For more info: 08168954546