Award winning gospel artiste, Nii Okai, has revealed the rationale behind his annual Hymns Unlimited concert.
In an interview with Nat Sankofa Tete Arthur on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the musician said, Hymns Unlimited is held every year to revive the tradition of hymns and get young and old lovers of gospel music to appreciate the value worship.
He said, ''growing up, I realized that although the hymns are powerful, but sometimes our relationship with God is questionable. We sing the hymns but we don’t feel the power and don't really get the import of why the hymns were written. So I realized that, one of the gifts God gave me was to make the hymns relevant in our times. So working with other worshipers, we just pick a hymn and render it again. We realized that the effect was double. It makes those who already know the hymns have a revival and those who feel the hymns are old, get an awakening and that, it is not the problem with the hymns but because of our sour relationship with God, that’s why cannot feel the power. Since we started, it has brought some two way effects to the fore; those who love the hymns already, have realized they have to sing the hymns as a form of worship and not just as a religious activity,’’ he said.
He indicated further that the hymns are a form of preserving the doctrines of the church.
The musician who turned turned 40 on September 19, has chosen to support people in need.
As part of his celebrations, Nii Okai is raising funds to support free open heart surgeries for 40 children with congenital heart problems at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi.
The free surgery, according to Nii Okai, is his way to show gratitude to God for His providence.
This is the second time the musician is embarking on such a campaign. The first was when he celebrated the 10th anniversary of his album, Moko Be, when he raised funds for surgery for 10 hole-in-heart children.
The free operation is being spearheaded by the Nii Okai Saving Hearts Foundation (NOSHF), which is also advocating the establishment of a cardiothoracic centre at KATH to cater for those with heart problems in the country’s northern sector.