Was his heartfelt apology just the mother of all publicity stunts?

Close to a week ago, Bahati deleted all his pictures from his Instagram account. No one knew why he did it but he resurfaced a few days later apologising for devaluing the gospel of Christ by chasing fame, hits and headlines.

Gospel wonder-kid Bahati

“WE ARE SORRY FOR LETTING DOWN THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST‼! I personally feel & accept that as "BAHATI" I have not represented Jesus & the Gospel Music as God expects. I know this might not be the best Platform to Speak about this but We all Know that The Public has Lost Trust in Us Gospel Musicians. Can we all agree that The Saints & the Streets don't See God in Us anymore??? Yes we Can't Ignore the fact that the Church is complaining that's why "NONE" of our Urban Gospel Songs can be used in Praise & Worship Services. I feel Guilty & Sorry for Contributing in Devaluing THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST- God Says if we don't go back to What He called us to do GOD WILL AS WELL RAISE STONES to Praise Him & in a better way than we Can. YESSSS GOD CAN REPLACE US IN A MINUTE‼!God has given us Supportive Media Personalities, DJs & Loyal fans but we have let you down. Our Focus has been making Hit songs, Scandals & Headlines and we are not Proud of Our Lord God & Savior JESUS CHRIST. Yes We Forgot the "CALLING" and Ministry... I personally feel my Last Gospel Song was "BARUA" in 2014 nanimechangia Sana kupaka Jina la Yesu Matope... LORD PLEASE FORGIVE ME .Some People might see this as Self Crucification but NO!!! God says clearly in 1ST JOHN 1:9.... "if we CONFESS our sins He is faithful & Just to forgive us and Cleanse Us from all Unrighteousness" ... God speaks through People; and if the Public & the People of God are not happy::: THEN GOD IS NOT HAPPY‼ (Listen to what the Spirit Says 2Chronicles 7:14)” Bahati wrote.

A statement that received mixed reaction from fans and other celebrities.

Bien felt that Bahati has no right to speak for the Gospel industry as there are those who have not wandered into the ways of the world and continue producing great music that glorifies the Lord. He then told Bahati to stop roping in other artistes into his publicity stunts.

“Bahati go and write songs or rather get good songwriters to work with. DO NOT do music targeting awards. Awards are a by-product of quality. Use this energy to better your musicianship. Also who told you to speak on behalf of Gospel musicians! There are plenty of Gospel artists who are doing God's work with anointing as they should. So stop roping an entire industry into your publicity stunts. It just makes Kenyan musicians in general look bad. Sautisol didn't sing Kuliko Jana targeting any award. Music from the heart goes to the heart. As musicians our legacy is cast on song not hype. I mean this with love and respect.” Bien Wrote.

L Jay Maasai on the other hand felt that Bahati has no right to speak for a whole industry as not every Gospel musician is wayward. “No one appointed Bahati as the spokesman for the gospel industry. There are plenty of musicians doing real gospel music and (are) inspired by the Word of God. Maybe we as fans are just paying attention to the wrong musicians… Let’s not dwell in some quotas who have become experts in publicity stunt. ”

A day after causing a feverish discussion about his post on social media, Bahati has announced that he is dropping a new track with Jemimah Thiong’o now that he has mended his ways. OH LORD JESUS ‼Receive All Praises & Glory as I start my New Musical Season! Tomorrow 5pm on YouTube BAHATI x JEMMIMAH THIONG'O presents #KWA_MOYO_WANGU" Bahati captioned the promotional poster.

This announcement of his new release was met with some 'I told you sos' by those who had already seen through his apologetic post. Echoing Bien's  and L-Jay's insinuation that Bahati loves publicity stunts.

But there are those who were excited by this new release and were proud that Bahati had gone back to the right path and made a track with one of Gospel's greatest musicians.


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