• On Tuesday, Ringtone Apoko shocked many when he announced that he is quitting gospel music after decades of entertaining Kenyans.
• He called on the artists who are already in the secular industry to embrace him and not take it as a competition.
On Tuesday, Ringtone Apoko shocked many when he announced that he is quitting gospel music after decades of entertaining Kenyans.
The self proclaimed chairman of gospel musicians shared a video on his Instagram saying he was ditching gospel for love songs.
"Nataka kuchukua hii nafasi ku thank wale watu ambao wote wameni support kwa gospel music, hii ambayo nimekuwa nikiimba("I want to take this opportunity that all those who have always supported me as a gospel singer.)"
He thanked his fans for always standing by him since the first time he broke into the scene. He called on the artists who are already in the secular industry to embrace him and not take it as a competition.
"Sasa imefika mwisho nimeamua nianze kuimba ma love songs. (It has come to an end and I have decided that I will be singing love songs. To all artistes in the secular industry, don't take it as a completion just welcome me with an open heart so that we can take the industry to the next level. Bye bye gospel industry.)
"I want to thank all the musicians in the gospel industry, the likes of Moji Short Baba, Guardian Angel and the rest, thank you for supporting me as your chair. Stay blessed," he said.
His fans reacted differently to the news with some viewing it as clout chasing given his record.
Some viewed it as a joke while some wanted the chairman to reconsider his decision and keep singing for the lord.
Check out some of the reactions,
Walker Jay: Kata simu kata simu tupo site,don't like disturbance of the head you understand?!
Turk Voices: Wewe Unaeza Imba love songs na hyo English Yako ata haiwezi kuwa romantic 😂😂
Mercy nnameka: If clout chasing was a person 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
Deejay Zain: 😂 I was waiting for this good news
Rachel Nyambu: 😂😂😂umeona kwenye pozze waliruka kuna pesa eeeeheee weeeeeeh
King Jared: 😂😂Chaaaairmaaan.... kwa love songs hakuna viti
Henry: Toa hyo ngoma haraka,mambo ni mengi masaaa ni chache😂😂
Staiceey: Mbona waku" threatened "😂😂😂😂ukimbuke alisema watu walitoka gospel music God aliwa abandon
Veronicah: Sasa utaambia nini Christina shusho ama ni clout chasing bado?
Sundiego: Usikue ivio mku tumetoka mbali, enzi za Pamela.
Ringtone joins Willy Paul and Bahati as other gospel artists who have quit the genre for secular music.