Full of praise yet full of shock, legal practitioner Kofi Bentil says iconic gospel musician Danny Nettey who died Friday dawn was a rare kind uninfluenced by the desire for riches.
Despite the increasing commercialization of gospel music, Danny Nettey was never one to chase wealth and preferred to put himself first before God than before the microphone.
Sizing up the iconic contemporary gospel star, Kofi Bentil said he has had occasion to tell Danny “you should be richer than you are…you should have been everywhere”. Kofi Bentil expressed admiration for Danny’s tenacity in entering gospel music full-time ministry despite grim prospects in Ghana.
Contemporary gospel music was budding in Ghana at a time when it was already booming worldwide. Danny Nettey, he said blazed the trail.
“We also had Danny Nettey…he was our answer [to contemporary gospel music]… there was no one who would doubt that this is a world class talent”, he eulogised on Joy FM Super Morning Show Friday.
According to Kofi Bentil, he spoke to Danny Thursday night. Friday dawn he fell unconscious and died.
“Danny was supposed to come to my office yesterday” to reviewed a contract, Kofi Bentil revealed. When Danny called to explain he couldn’t make it, Kofi Bentil said he emailed him a copy of the contract and rescheduled the meeting to Friday thinking “no problem. I will see him today”.
“I don’t know how this has to happen. I don’t know how we have to lose Danny” he mourned.
Kofi Bentil said despite his limited status in world gospel circles, Danny Nettey was fully aware of his gift and wowed audiences when he shared the stage with acclaimed international gospel stars.
Through his music ministration, he's travelled to the United Kingdom and United States and has ministered on several platforms including performing on stage with; Bishop T. D. Jakes, Don Moen, Ron Winans, Bebe Winans, Ron Kenoly, Kirk Franklin “Nobody can stand toe to toe with him and make Danny feel inferior” he said.
“I hope somebody could fill this space but I doubt it”, Kofi Bentil expressed grief.