The gospel space has for some days now been heated following some comments passed by radio presenter OB Nartey and UK-based event promoter DJ Alordia. Both had argued on Onua FM that Joe Mettle has a huge audience appeal abroad due to the quality of his productions.
For Alordia, language has always been a factor hence, any time he organized an event with Ghanaian gospel musicians as performers, he struggled to break even. According to him, he did so on three occasions and the narrative was same.
He mentioned that patrons were mainly Ghanaians who understood the language, stressing that he did not get other nationals like Nigerians and South Africans attending. Citing Nigerian gospel musicians who use the pidgin language in most of their songs, Alordia said the diversity attracts lots of people from other countries in UK.
He, however singled out Joe mettle, who uses the English language in some of his works.
His submission triggered a response from Patience Nyarko who was in the studio. She could not fathom why Joe Mettle would be rated above others who write their songs.
“Joe Mettle is not where people want us to believe he is. The way people want to lift him above all of us, they will give him problem. He is not yet there. People want us to believe he is better than all of us gospel musicians in Ghana,” Patience Nyarko retorted.
“Apart from Joe Mettle singing Pentecost and Methodist songs, how many English songs has he composed and you want to disrespect some of us that write our own songs.”