Ghana’s gospel industry is blessed with many budding musicians ranging from soloists, instrumentalists, composers, writers to duets, trios, quartets and choirs. It is however rare to hear of musicians who function in almost every aspect of the music art. The search becomes even more difficult if you add experience, stage presence and energy to the criteria. There is however one gospel act whose many years of experience have gathered for him all the qualities one would ever want in an artist.
Over the last decade, Francis Amo has been a very regular voice on our radio and a familiar face on our TV sets. He has sung with, written songs for and performed with Fred Hammond, Donie McClurkin, Rev. Dr. Ron Kenoly, No Tribe, Em’ Praise, Sonnie Badu, Ohemaa Mercy, Joe Mettle, Rev Dr Bernard Blessing, Uche Agu, Selina Boateng, DSP Kofi Sarpong and Monarch’s Praise just to mention a few.
Francis Amo’s matchless energetic performances coupled with his toe-tickling musical arrangements have won him the hearts of many around the world.
After roaming the length and breadth of the whole nation and setting stages ablaze countless platforms, Francis Amo finally comes our way with his long-awaited maiden album.
The album has a rather interesting title; “Ngooba”. In a conversation with Francis Amo, he revealed that Ngooba is a chant word for the fishermen in and around cape coast. “They sing Ngooba in their fishing vessels when they are on deep seas and need inspiration to spur them on” – Francis added. He used this word as his album title to remind himself of how far he’s come from his very humble beginnings and express gratitude to God for blessings. For the purposes of this album, Ngooba, is interpreted as; Born to Praise.
The album will be launched on the 26th of October 2014 at the gloriously-plush auditorium of Liberty Assemblies of God, Lapaz. Speaking to Imperial Motive, organizers of the event, it was clear how much hard work and preparation the team is putting into this event. The launch of Ngooba is not just an album release session but also a full blown praise & worship concert which would feature Supt. Kofi Sarpong, Joe Mettle, Ohemaa Mercy, Em’Prasie, Eugene Zuta and the ever green Daughters of Glorious Jesus. Playing with Francis Amo would be the young and gifted band, The Levites, the band with whom Francis Amo recorded the hit praise medley (title track) – Ngooba.
It is obvious that on the 26th of October, there would be no better place to be than Liberty Assemblies of God. Tickets for this event would soon be out and selling for ¢10, a giveaway price if you ask me.
Many surprises await us as we gear-up for Ngooba. Let’s get our dancing shoes ready and prepare ourselves to go and support God’s own gift to Africa, Minister Francis Amo.