Ghanaian gospel musician Celestine Donkor has said that she lost a great deal of contracts because she was infected with COVID-19.

“I had to cancel six major deals and had to refund monies, because when programme organisers are not having you, they have to get a different artiste to fill in. It was really terrible for me,” Donkor said on Asaase Radio’s Between Hours show on Monday (28 February).

According to her, in spite of the let down, she benefitted immensely from the lockdown as gospel music was on demand during the COVID pandemic.

“But also on the other hand we had our streaming numbers going up which is something that has landed me in partnership with Boomplay,” the songwriter said.

Prepare for media interviews

The hitmaker of “Agbebolo” advised up and coming gospel artistes to also prepare well ahead of interviews to avoid controversies.

“Go with what you want to say in mind and no matter how the questions are asked, make sure that what you went there to say is what you are saying.

“I have come to the understanding that they (media personalities) are doing their job and I have to know how to do mine as well, it gave me the opportunity to learn,” she added.

The 2019 NGMA gospel artiste of the year said she is being recognised and appreciated in the industry.

“It took a while but it’s worth it. I have been in the industry for 16 years, and I want to be as professional as I can be. This is one of the things I wished I embraced earlier, being professional as possible,” Donkor told her host Naa Ashorkor.

Celestial praiz

The annual anticipated Celestial Praiz will be happening on 6 March at the Victory Bible Church in Awoshie at 5pm, tickets are up for GHC30.

“We have five nations coming together for this year’s Celestial Praiz. We have Ghana on the bill, South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Nigeria.

This year’s edition themed “atmosphere of testimonies” will bring together the most exciting and top charting hit makers of the year on one stage.

They include Obaapa Christy, Bethel Revival choir, Kofi Owusu Peprah, Yadah from Nigeria, Joel Iwaga from Tanzania, Mercy Masika from Kenya.


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