Uche Agu talks about rise in African Gospel Music by teaming up with American stars

There’s a fascinating trend slowly weaving its way into worship music and contemporary Christian culture. Africa has become a hotspot for powerful praise leaders, exporting incredibly popular worship warriors and songs, even as it welcomes many of today’s titans to its shores. African artists like Sinach, Sonnie Badu ad Joyous Celebration are charting around the globe. American artists like Israel Houghton, Bishop TD Jakes and Vashawn Mitchell have all recorded albums on the motherland. It’s the best of both worlds in a creative, Christ-centered collaborative environment. Adding to that climate of artistic synergy is Nigerian-born, American-based Uche Agu.

Ever since signing to Dream Gospel and releasing his powerful praise album, The Worship Experience: Live In Houston, Agu has shined a bright light on the continent of Africa, and made universal music more alluring to Americans. Hit songs like Make God Big and My God Is Good have propelled his profile before the American public and opened the door for more World music in the worship experience. BlackGospel.com talked with Uche Agu about the rise of Africa, the reasons behind this growing trend to team up between Americans and Africans and his genuine friendship with Tye Tribbett.

Uche said , the reason he decided to come to Houston to record an album is because he saw the need to bridge both cultures musically. America has the excellence, the standards, the blueprint and it’s more or less like the big brother for us, as Nigerians.

“We look up to you, imitate your styles; and want to be like you guys. You inspire us from far away. And in another way, Africa has something that is very good, which is the freshness of our music, the different sounds and dynamics, the dancing rhythms, all that excitement and celebration”.

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