Nigerian singer, Kingsley Okonkwo, known professionally as Kcee, has revealed that the money he’s made from his joint gospel album with Okwesili Eze Group, ‘Cultural Praise’ surpasses everything from his entire secular music career.
The ‘Limpopo’ made this disclosure while being interviewed on Cool 96.9 FM, Lagos.
Kcee, who is signed to his brother’s Five Star Music, said the gospel album is his most streamed project ever.
The artiste said a lot of people wrote him off when he did the album as they believed his career was dead.
He, however, said he knew the project was going to be a commercial success even before it was released.
Kcee said; “When I did the gospel [album] and a lot of people were like, ‘It’s over, he is actually going close to his village. Now he’s taking the music to the village.’
“That was horrible. When I heard that I was like, okay, let’s see how that works. And it didn’t happen. I made more money from it [the gospel album]; more than any ever before in my whole career.”
Meanwhile, Nigerian gospel artiste, Grace Owolabi, also known as ZionGrace, has urged fellow gospel musicians to stop using ‘worldly vibes’ in their music.
According to her, fusing secular vibes with religious music is like serving God a meal prepared with unclean resources.
Zion said; “Bringing in worldly vibes should be replaced with Christ- honouring vibes. We (gospel artistes) should stop imitating worldly vibes and dance steps. Many of those vibes and dance steps are sourced from the devil.
We cannot serve God a meal prepared with unclean resources. He won’t even look at it; let alone receive it. The Bible says we are the ‘salt and light of the world’. It is those in the world that ought to copy us; and not the other way round.”
Speaking in an interview, she however said that she could collaborate with a secular artiste if it was the will of God.
Zion Grace said; “Yes I can work with secular musicians, but only if it is the will of God. I will need to seek the face of God before doing any collaboration; even with gospel artistes. Secular music is different from worldly music.
The former conveys ideas, emotions, understanding and convictions that are revealed in God’s characteristics; whereas the latter postulates the ideology, emotions and beliefs of the world.”