Award winning hip-hop star, Trigmatic, has become a preacher of the gospel of Jesus Christ in a newly-released Christian song with Herty Bongreat, the Discovery of the Year at the 2011 Ghana Music Awards (GMAs).
The collaboration between Trigmatic and Herty is rather unusual and will certainly spark controversy as the two belong to two different genres of music and have not been friends, at least as far as the public is aware.
Already, the track, ‘Kano Seyaa’, is receiving radio airplay and persons who have listened to it have given it high marks as Trig and Herty blended so well that they could pass for a long standing music duo.
“You may call it unusual but the idea is just to get my ministry as a gospel musician to reach a new audience and a large audience for that matter. Trigmatic is a good artiste and has a large following, especially among the youth. If I have to do a hip-hop to get the gospel of Christ to hip hop fans, so be it because as the Bible says, I became all things to all persons just to win some for Christ.
“I believe if I was in Jamaica, I would be doing my gospel songs in reggae or raga with the lyrics in Patua because that is the medium through which the message would reach the people. In America for instance, Kirk Franklin has really used his style to spread the gospel of Christ and we cannot deny that the hop-hop/hip life genre is very well accepted among Ghanaian youth and it would therefore be prudent that I package the message in a way they would accept,” Herty Bongreat explained to News-One.
Herty insisted there was nothing wrong with gospel singer collaborating with a secular musician and that she would be surprised if she received backlash because of her collaboration with Trigmatic.
“I believe any gospel musician who cannot mingle freely and work with musicians who do not belong to the gospel fraternity has a problem. If we cannot take our message of Christ to our fellow musicians with whom we belong to the same profession, then we have no business attempting to reach others. I’m proud of the collaboration with Trigmatic because at the end of the day, he has helped my ministry. He has done God’s work and this is just the beginning of such collaborations,” Herty concluded.
Despite her youthful looks, Herty has given birth to five children, comprising four girls and a boy with the oldest being eight and the youngest, under two.
She is married to Reverend Daniel Ofori Bongreat, General Overseer of the Great Kingdom Family Chapel, headquartered in Adenta, a suburb of Accra.
Rev. Ofori Bongreat writes the lyrics of her songs and manages her music career.
Herty broke into the Ghana music industry in 2010 and her maiden album, ‘Oda Ben Ni’, had four nominations for the 2011 GMAs where she competed with the likes of Nana Boroo of ‘Aha Y3 D3’ fame, Eazzy of ‘Wengezzy’ fame, Mark Okraku Mantey’s Bless, New York-born Ghanaian Urban Poplife, Hiplife, R&B, Rap singer Jay Ghartey and IWAN to won the Discovery of the Year.
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