Something interesting is happening in the gospel music world. From the most reserved corner of Christendom as portrayed by Catholicism, melodious tunes are wafting to add to the call for the faithful to consolidate their trust in Jesus. A laudable effort came last year when Fr. Albert Ofere, a UK based Catholic priest, released his debut album, Every Day of My Life, which also had the phenomenal track, God Dey My Side, fused with a rather daunting Afropop sound. The effort had called to question, in some quarters though, the rationale behind fusing gospel with a ‘secular’ sound. But a lot of pundits did not fail to highlight that in the matters of gospel what mattered most was the message, which in God Dey My Side, illustrated the need for confidence in God.
Now Fr. Ofere is back again. He calls this new album, Hold On. It has tracks like: ‘Hold On’, ‘He Has Promised’, ‘I Love to Sing Your Praise’, ‘Dance’, ‘Where Were You?’, ‘When I Think’ and ‘Onye Oma’, stressing yet again Fr. Albert’s inspiring themes which he very well deployed in his debut album, ‘Every Day of My Life’.
Already, a video of the soar-away song, Onye Oma, shot in Lagos and directed by Marvin Tosan Atsimene is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Ij0zndiy_YU to drive home the message of hope availed in the new songs by the Catholic priest.
Audiences and fans of Fr. Ofere will definitely notice some refreshing changes and similarities which he has brought into this new work. Beginning with the new video, Fr. Ofere never left his ideology which he also propagated in the God Dey My Side video, directed by Obi Emelonye about the necessity of church in this age. For the ‘Onye Oma’ video, pretty the same fact was stressed as a crowd was seen trooping into the church. In an interview, he had reinforced that his music evangelism is inherently driving the importance of church, albeit subtly. He says he wants to bring people back to the church. Being a Catholic priest working in England, where the population of congregations is waning on dually basis, this is understandable, but where does it put his African audience whose society is deeply rooted in attending church services to stress their Christianity?
While he joined forces with comedian Nkem Owoh to drive home the message in the first video, the Onye Oma video is running without any star presence, save the priest whose popularity rating has soared in the last one year, going by certain online gauges.
Of course, many of his fans would be wondering if they should expect a remix of this new song Onye Oma, considering that anything good ought to be done in several forms, but this can only be addressed by the singer, who has never hidden his agenda in the music vocation. For this new work he says, “The person I refer to here is Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus. It is the source and summit of our worship as Catholics. It is very powerful and very efficacious. Through the song, Onye Oma, I’m only trying to teach about the power and goodness of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. Hopefully the belief of Catholics would be re-enforced through this song.”
Yes, this new album, Onye Oma, comes highly recommended to the body of Christ, especially Roman Catholics.
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