Gospel minstrel, Yaw Sarpong, has denied being a member of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church. Instead he says he belongs to the Methodist Church of Ghana.
According to the gospel singer, both of his parents of blessed memories were members of the Methodist Church and derive their doctrine of practice and belief from the life and teachings of John Wesley.
“My parents were all Methodists,” he said. “My father’s side his great grandmother introduced Methodist to her hometown, Barekese. Also, my mother’s side, her great grandmother introduced Methodist to her hometown.”
“I have worshipped in Methodist since,” Yaw Sarpong said on Legends on Sunday, 19 July 2020.
Yaw Sarpong is a respectable figure in the Ghanaian gospel music industry, a prolific song composer and writer with multiple awards to his name.
Due to his relevant sacred songs and Adventist-like songs, many mistake him for an Adventist.
But speaking to Legends host Agyemang Prempeh on TV XYZ on Sunday, the gospel singer disclosed that he’s never been a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
He narrated, “Growing up my elder sibling, in the birth order the one who is senior to three siblings before me was a member of the SDA Church. She often took me to church. Although I wasn’t a member but we traveled together to all their programs.”
Narrating his journey as a musician, he said he started singing with the Methodist Singing Band when he was a young man.
“It started with the Methodist Singing Band. I was young. I sang along during song ministration. They realized I was good so I was loved by everyone.”
Yaw Sarpong said he took inspiration to pursue his music career from listening to Ghanaian musicians in the 1970s.
“At Kokoben when the government decided to build the dam — they built a quarters called Asuofia for us. I was young. That was around 1972/73 we moved from the village [Kokoben] to the quarters. As a result our hometown became Asuofia.
“The government made Kokoben and its surrounding communities a forest there’s no trace humans ever lived there. When we came to Asuofia it was near the city. That was where I got access to music and radio to listen to many elders songs like King Oyina, Yamoahs, Nana Ampadu, when it comes to gospel Prof. Kofi Abraham.
Having released his debut album in 1981, the ‘Joseph’ singer said growing up there was nothing like a gospel musician,”In the olden days they don’t brand themselves as gospel musicians but the content of their songs was gospel. That is the reason why my gospel is on that lane.
“We had people like E. K Nyame. He wasn’t a gospel musician but the content of his songs was Christian-like. We also had people like Rhema Kandoh. I got the opportunity to listen to them.”
Talking about the inspiration behind his songs, Mr Sarpong, who was honoured with the 2019 Ghana Music Awards UK Lifetime Achievement of the Year, said it comes naturally.
“While growing up I realized that I heard different songs in my ears that were not sang in the real world. When it comes like that I had a little education so I take pen and paper then I write it.”
By: Bernard Ralph Adams/Mypowerfmonline.com/Ghana