Entertainment of Wednesday, 12 October 2016
Chief Executive Officer of Drum Lyne Studio, Justice Oteng, known in showbiz circles as Wei Ye Oteng is urging gospel artistes to recognize the business aspect of music and act accordingly than strictly holding on to the assertion that gospel music is only a means of spreading the word of God.
His comment comes on the heels of remarks by a gospel artiste, Rose Adjei that her colleagues should not engage in competitions; neither should they see the work as a business venture but serve the divine purpose.
Rose Adjei speaking on Pluzz FM’s AM Pluzz concerning an interview she granted Graphic Showbiz maintained that she is not in competition with anyone, adding that though her executive producer has invested in her works, they are not expecting returns.
According to her, it is wrong for gospel musicians to see others as competitors. The perception of competition, she said is what has deprived many of the opportunity for collaborations within the gospel music fraternity.
But Wei Ye Oteng is of the view that there is nothing wrong with competition if it is devoid of malice.
“Even being relevant is competition. Sometimes, you are not competing with anybody but yourself to beat your own record. All that I know is competition should be healthy. It should inspire people. Competition is not diminishing somebody. It is about trying to do things better than what you have done or trying to maintain your level,” he said on AM Pluzz, Tuesday.
“They are competing but just not doing it right. Most of the gospel musicians are not behaving right and that is why they are not progressing. They are stuck with some mentality… It’s very unfortunate. They need to start thinking business. If you want to get the right beat, you need to start thinking business. If you’re thinking business, you will know you need to enter places the money is, talk to the people, let your song get to where they are supposed to and when you make the money, you can get the best of content for yourself and sell it back to the people and they will buy it,” the renowned music producer added.
Oteng has produced hit songs including Sidney’s ‘Kpongor’, Obrafour’s ‘Odasani’, Trigmatic’s ‘Wo Sika Nti’, Obour’s ‘Single Ladies’ and Koo Ntakra’s ‘M’akoma’.