Ghana’s gospel industry is blessed with many budding musicians ranging from soloists, instrumentalists, composers, writers to duets, trios, quartets and choirs. It is however rare to come across musicians who function in almost every aspect of the music art.
The search becomes even more difficult if you add experience, stage presence and energy to the criteria. There is however one gospel act whose many years of experience have equipped him with all the qualities one would ever want in an artiste.
Over the last decade, Francis Amo has been a very regular voice on radio and a familiar face on TV. He has sung, written songs for and performed with Fred Hammond, Ron Kenoly, No Tribe, Em’ Praise, Sonnie Badu, Ohemaa Mercy, Joe Mettle and Monarch’s Praise, just to mention a few.
Francis Amo’s matchless energetic performances, coupled with his toe-tickling musical arrangements, have won him the hearts of many around the world. After roaming the length and breadth of the whole nation and setting stages ablaze on countless platforms, Francis Amo finally comes our way with his long-awaited maiden album.
The album has a rather interesting title; ‘Ngooba’. In a conversation with Francis Amo, he revealed that ‘Ngooba’ is a chant word for the fishermen in and around Cape Coast.
‘They sing ‘Ngooba’ in their fishing vessels when they are on deep seas and need inspiration to spur them on,’ Francis added.
He used this word as his album title to remind himself of how far he’s come from his very humble beginnings and expressed gratitude to God for His blessings. For the purposes of this album, ‘Ngooba’ is interpreted as ‘Born to Praise’.
The album will be launched on Sunday, October 26 at the plush auditorium of Liberty Assemblies of God, Lapaz. Speaking to Imperial Motive, organisers of the event, it was clear how much hard work and preparation the team is putting into this event. The launch of ‘Ngooba’ is not just an album release session but also a full blown praise & worship concert which would feature Supt Kofi Sarpong, Joe Mettle, Ohemaa Mercy, Em’Prasie, Eugene Zuta and the ever green Daughters of Glorious Jesus. Playing with Francis Amo would be the young and gifted band, ‘The Levites’—the band with whom Francis Amo recorded the hit praise medley (title track) – Ngooba.
It is obvious that on Sunday, October 26, there would be no better place to be than Liberty Assemblies of God. Tickets for this event would soon be out and selling for GH¢10—a giveaway price if you ask me. Many surprises await us as we gear-up for ‘Ngooba’.
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