Gospel singers shouldn’t sing, dance like secular artistes — Aramide Fadilepo
Jun. 27, 2020
In recent times, the gospel music industry has witnessed an influx of new artistes who are determined to win the hearts of music lovers with their voices.
In an interview with Saturday Beats, one of them, an up-and-coming United Kingdom based singer, Aramide Fadilepo, noted that it’s advisable to ride on the wings of a spiritual mentor in order to grow. She added, “I’m thankful that God has not made me a sheep without a shepherd. I cannot choose a spiritual shepherd for myself but He’s the one that chooses. God directed and appointed Reverend Esther Ajayi as my shepherd and mentor. She has been a source of inspiration to my music ministry, mentoring me in all aspects you can think of.”
The singer also stressed that mentorship is important to both young and old singers. “A mentor can be a source of encouragement in all areas of one’s lives; it does not have to be only in the music ministry. Mentorship is also important in the area of being able to know what to do at any given time with music. One’s mentor will understand one’s goal and pray with one. One’s mentor can see what one cannot see in a few years and that can change one’s destiny,” she said.
Speaking about some of the challenges she faces as a gospel artiste, she said, “Like all other professions, being a gospel minister presents its own burdens and challenges. The ability to organise oneself between family and career is a challenge but I’m blessed with a wonderful family that supports me and adapts to all challenges, especially as a mother to three young boys. Another challenge is being able to coordinate instrumentalists, producers and others as well as the cost of putting it all together.
“My watchword is not to mix secular songs with gospel songs. The world should copy us for good works and not vice versa. I do not subscribe to the school of thought of indulgence in singing and dancing in a worldly fashion. It is wrong and I’m not trying to judge here; just following the Biblical injunction that one shouldn’t be unequally yoked with the world. We should not dwell on our dressing too much, so that the message would not be lost on the people watching us.’’
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