Controversial gospel singer Ringtone Apoko has expressed his frustration over the low support he has been getting from fans. According to the singer, Kenyan Christians have turned away from local gospel and no longer support the industry.
Opening up on his social media page, the Pamela crooner described being a gospel singer as the hardest job one can take up in Kenya due to the scanty support accorded. “Singing gospel music in Kenya is the hardest job in Kenya because Christians have refused to listen or support the gospel music industry. Jesus is seeing you,” he wrote.
The self-proclaimed gospel Chairman who recently caused a stir online with videos of himself being manhandled by unidentified men in Kenya police uniform released a new song dubbed Backslide where he spoke about weathering the storms that come with salvation, assuring netizens that despite the hardship, he would hold on to God and not backslide.
Singer Willy Paul and his music counterpart Bahati not so long ago found themselves in the same tight spot having to choose between pursuing gospel music and going for their personal goals.
According to Willy Paul, it was because of unsupportive associates that he gave up gospel music and dissociated himself from it. He however maintained that his love for God is unshakeable.
“God and I have not split, I’m still his son. But the thing is, the same God that blesses Sauti Sol, Wizkid, Davido, Burna Boy and even Chris Brown is the same God that blesses gospel artistes. So even before I made up my mind to go this route, I was facing a lot of challenges in the gospel industry. I don’t want to mention names but the people in the gospel industry did so much to me.
“There’s that feeling where you haven’t done anything to anyone but they just want to see you fail. These guys were so against me that they protested against my music being played on several radio stations like two or three of them. There was a time I was solely depending on music for survival, to cater to my mom’s bills and mine. But these people were so heartless they didn’t care,” he said.
Bahati, on the other hand, claims he was oppressed by both musicians and fans while in the industry before making the decision to walk away. It is because of this he made the decision not to impress anyone but God while making gospel music.
"I was fought a lot in the gospel industry so when I do a gospel song, I do it for God, not for the people. I just separated myself from the gospel industry for a while, but I’m in Christ and the Lord is my personal saviour,” said Bahati.