Rapper Khaligraph Jones has said that most gospel artists are always reluctant to do a collabo with him out of fear of public criticism.
“I would like to work with gospel artists but they are unwilling to do so. I have approached a number of gospel musicians…but I don’t blame them; they say that when they collabo with me, they feel as though they will be criticized.”
Speaking on Radio Citizen’s Mseto East Africa show Khaligraph stated that he intended to incorporate certain gospel artists into the creation of his hit song, ‘sifu bwana’.
However, Khaligraph says when he contacted some prominent gospel musicians, they admitted that they were worried about what other people would think.
“…so I understand them, but I have attempted to engage with many of them, even while I was doing Sifu Bwana, there are some people who I used to talk to on the phone, and they kept telling me they are terrified of what others will say.”
He added that some gospel musicians showed interest in being a part of the song, some promised to get back to him, which they never did.
“Someone told me, ‘I’ll call you in a few minutes, let me follow up.’ Someone says to you, “Bro, I want to be a part of this song, but I’m afraid of singing it with you because there will be backlash, people will start saying that I started singing with a secular artist.’ I understood them,” Khaligraph added.