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I’m the originator of Afro-Gospel music – Joseph Matthew

Afro-Gospel music is a vibrant fusion of African rhythms and instrumentation with Christian themes, and its creator is the award-winning gospel singer Joseph Matthew from Ghana.


Joseph Matthew said, “I am the creator of Afro-gospel music,” in an exclusive interview with GhanaWeekend. There was no such thing as an afro-gospel genre. My first song, “Nyame Ye,” was released before I moved to Ghana. I chose to call my song “Blessed,” which won a song award, “Afro-Gospel” because it blends two genres together. I came to Ghana to promote it.

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When I started doing gospel music, I decided to blend my previous genres of music—hip-hop and rap—with real African beats.


Due to the international appeal of his music, Joseph Matthew is well-known in the Ghanaian and British gospel music scenes.


His songs, which have lovely rhythms, midtempo melodies, and enticing drum and bass beats, are a great source of inspiration for Christians.

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First released in January 2019, “Hallelujah” was Joseph Matthew’s debut single. Other releases included “Nyame Ye” in April 2019, “My Story” in 2020, “Not Alone” in 2021, “The Name” in 2022, “Blessed” in 2023, and now “Promise Land.”


The Ghana Music Awards UK 2023 saw “Blessed,” one of his songs, win the title of “Best Gospel Song of the Year UK.”

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