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“Just One Plague” – Esther Igbekele JP

“Just One Plague” Esther Igbekele JP By Bob Marovich To my knowledge, Nigerian gospel singer Esther Igbekele is the first music minister to release a song about COVID-19. Set to a buoyant West African rhythm, “Just One Plague” is a folk ballad that chronicles the impact Coronavirus has had on the world. Schools are closed. Businesses are closed. Sports are postponed. Economies are stalled. Governments are humbled. People need to stay a meter apart. Most astonishingly, she points out, the virus has also forced calm in the midst of international violence and political unrest. Ultimately, however, Igbekele commands the virus ...

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Hanson Asiedu – Stages (EP)

Hanson Asiedu Stages (EP) Independent (release date: October 3, 2018) https://hansonasiedu.bandcamp.com/ By Bob Marovich Thanks to a successful 2017 Kickstarter campaign, singer, songwriter, and musician Hanson Asiedu (formerly Kase Sounds [“Change the World”]) released a five-track EP called Stages, his debut recording under his own name. Asiedu has a brightness and flexibility to his voice, and a coolness to his musicianship, that bring to mind John Legend. While the songs on Stages traverse acres of musical territory, in general they combine the acoustic-style gospel of Jonathan McReynolds with the earthiness of Tracy Chapman. The opening track, “God of Your Word,” ...

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Micah Stampley’s Eighth Album Has Vertical Worship, Hymns With a Twist

By Bob Marovich On May 20, Micah Stampley releases his eighth album, To the King…Vertical Worship.  The live recording, which took place at Oasis Family Life Church in Dallas, Georgia, on June 26 of last year, finds the gospel crooner offering up a batch of new songs, many co-written with his wife and songwriting partner, Heidi. “Be Lifted,” the album’s first single, is already impacting gospel radio. Stampley talked with JGM about the new album, first explaining what he means by vertical worship. “To be categorized as a gospel artist,” he said, “we have to sing the gospel.  It’s not rocket ...

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