Legendary Hiplife artist Gyedu-Blay Ambolley has stated categorically that he believes Jesus is not God.
For this reason, the Afro-Jazz musician says he prays directly to God and never through Jesus.
Appearing as a guest on Class FM on Saturday, November 30, 2019, he said, “It’s like this formation of the white people that has been brought to us but we mustn’t forget that all of us went through the missionary schools; all the schools that we went to, Anglican, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, all were established by the missionaries, so, they taught us what they wanted us to know”.
When asked if he believed Jesus is God, Ambolley answered : “I believe in being truthful to myself, I believe that I cannot say Jesus is God or if I want to pray to the creator, I have to pray to the creator through Jesus”.
“It’s just like [being in] a family that you’re not at peace with your father, so, if you want anything from your father, maybe you pass through your brother or you pass through your sister because you can’t go straight to your father because of your misbehaving, so, now you want to use somebody” he further said.
“Me, if I want anything, I go straight to my creator, I’m never going to go through Jesus; for what?” he asked, adding: “Before I came into this world, everything was in order; when I leave this world, the order is still going to be the same, I’m not going to say somebody has come so [I have to pray through him] because I see Jesus as a teacher; a teacher that he has told you that if you want to go to God, this is the way; he has finished his job”, Ambolley argued.
He could not fathom why Christians make so much noise about Jesus in churches.
“Now, people are always crying: ‘In the name of Jesus’. People in the churches are using microphones and speakers [disturbing everybody]. It’s like anything they want from the father now, they are speaking through microphones and speakers for everybody to know what they want and even the Jesus that we are talking about said: ‘If you want to have any collaboration with your father, go to your room and speak with your father one-on-one. It’s not that you take a microphone and ‘gbegbegbegbegbe’. Look at where religion is going now. Now people are using religion to make themselves rich and all that; they’ve forgotten that money is not the key”, he said.
Gyedu-Blay Ambolley is a Ghanaian highlife musician, songwriter, producer, and composer. The first musician from Ghana to formally incorporate rap forms into local highlife rhythms, Ambolley created the musical genre Simigwa.
In June 2015 Ambolley received a citation in the USA from the City Council of Philadelphia, read by Council woman ; Honorable Jannie Blackwell and Hon. Stanley J. Staughter in recognition of the musician’s contributions to Ghanaian music in the USA.
The 72-year-old was rather unknown outside of West Africa until Soundway Records included his seminal Simigwa-Do, which Ambolley released in 1973, on their first anthology, Ghana Soundz.
Ambolley’s sound has led many to label him the godfather of hiplife, the fusion of the hip hop and highlife idioms. Ambolley stood aside AL Threats at the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles.His song Simigua-do is considered the first rap in the world released in 1973 . Ambolley, Sammy Lartey and Ebo Taylor are the few musicians who envisioned a future for high-life music in the late 60s and early 70s and helped transform the genre fusing high-life, funk and jazz music.