|Star musician and highlife icon, Daddy Lumba says rather than the condemnations that have greeted musician Ofori Amponsah’s decision to return to highlife music from the pulpit as a shepherd of the flock and gospel artiste, he needs the prayers of everyone to succeed.
Charles Kwadwo Fosu, as Lumba is also known, said he was not the least surprised at Ofori Amponsah’s decision, just as his decision to get closer to God was not surprising to him.
Lumba told Kwasi Aboagye on Peace FM Sunday that Ofori Amponsah had been a committed Christian since their paths crossed and it was only a matter of time that he took up his cross.
Lumba, acclaimed to have mentored Amponsah to stardom, said when they first met, Ofori Amponsah came to him with two albums, one gospel and one highlife. The highlife succeeded and so he played along. Perhaps many may have forgotten about the gospel because it did not do too well but Ofori Amponsah did not forget his God all the while they were together.
And having weighed himself and decided that he had accomplished his assignment for God who called him, there can be nothing prohibiting him if he chooses to return to highlife.
Lumba who launches his latest album in the first week of November 2015, said Ofori Amponsah requires everyone’s support which must come by way of prayers and not condemnation.
Ofori Amponsah has been mocked and called names in many circles for failing to stick to the calling to preach the gospel and limit his music career to ‘gospel’, but he says he understands he cannot please everyone and so will press on with his life, believing also that God is the only one who understands his decision.
The criticisms also followed the release of his latest work “Alewa”, a collaboration with rapper and hiplife artiste Sarkodie.
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