Popular Disk Jockey, Ernest Esekhile popularly referred to as “DJ Ernesty” has explained that people are always surprise and thrilled whenever they see him DJing only Christian songs at events.
The artiste who says he’s a lover of Good Music and a tool God uses to propagate his Gospel explained that he combines his technical and musical gifts with infectious energy and passion to mix good Afrobeat gospel songs.
The Abuja based Nigeria DJ is known for Praisejam and Keeping in it Gospel Radio Shows in Abuja for almost a decade has revealed the constraints limiting gospel music disc jockeys from thriving and the age long perception about gospel music that is limiting it’s reach.
In an interaction with journalists in Abuja, Ernesty explained how gospel music can deviate from the norm and effectively change the narrative, create a balance by having it deployed to legible places in a meaningful way to all the audiences who need to adopt it and can thereby influence society with positivity and good values.
When Asked what the response always like when he tells people that he is a Gospel music Disc Jockey, he said, “They find it hard to believe that a gospel DJ will play gospel songs all through at an event without playing Secular music and this is because of the Mindset Pre-Dominantly showcased and Mostly Celebrated in the Gospel Music Scene.
He Further explained that “The Gospel in “Gospel Music” is simply Goodnews born out of Christianity as a Lifestyle not necessarily as a mere Religion.”
“With Music as a Universal Language in mind, Gospel music has the Power to Change Society, Create Balance and correct the ills such as Rape, Violence, Kidnapping, Banditry etc and further Promote Love for One Another, Integrity, Peace, Decorum in our Society at large and also Entertainment, Fun, Joy and Laughter. that’s what the true gospel is about.”
‘’There are so many gospel songs not given proper audience because the kind of music can’t thrive in the way the gospel scene is designed and accepted to be currently. these songs are very unique and enjoyable and lyrics intact, it’s a new space and we’re trying to build it to Create a Balance.
“Some refer to these artistes of such songs as bunch of people who create shallow Gospel music and want to influence the gospel music with their secular mindset and There are a whole lot of people on this table that if we can just break out of this, I think the gospel scene will be a more reputable scene in terms of providing music not just for Sunday service, Morning devotion but also for Birthday Parties, Informal Celebrations, evening romantic outings and even people of other religion can relate to them.”
He Also Added that “Ideally, Gospel Music is not meant for Church goers and believers alone but instead it can also be a tool for inspiration, Motivation and of course Evangelism.”
‘’The Influence in the gospel music scene to the world is limited because there is marginalization and criticisms especially when there is an effort in trying to do Gospel music outside the norm and history has shown that in the like of eg Kirk Franklin, Mali Music, Lecrae, Travis Greene, Tasha Cobbs, Kanye West and Back to Nigeria, we have Okey Sokay, Henrisoul, Andrew Bello, Yoyo Michael, Limoblaze etc ”. There are a lot of underground Gospel artists that you need to listen to, the songs are beautiful, your normal day to day life songs but can inspire and motivate you.
He also opined that over the decades, in Africa and world over, gospel music has been perceived in a particular way, seen as holy songs meant to be played only in a church or religious gathering.
‘’My advice to CAN is if you want to win more souls, especially the younger generation, they should try other means, break out of the norm,’’ Ernesty added.