Pst Sola Osunmakinde: So tell us Pst Nathaniel, how come we hear some songs and the sound is good but no spiritual substance, and sometimes there is both excellence and spirit?
Nathaniel Bassey: Ahhh we can stay here for a few days. One of the scriptures that opens or maybe opened me up is John 4, Jesus said to the woman; you worship who you know not, we know who we worship. So it means knowledge drives worship, you know, every time you see him Revelation knowledge, worship is the response to it. So that’s what Vicky (Victoria Orenze) was saying that our songs should be an overflow of our love walk so I say it this way when people say to me come and minister to us, they’re saying come and tell us what’s going on between you and God in music form come and just share with us your time.
So that’s where the concept, the ideas of the song come from. So it’s like You are just loving him. You are just… and it’s the same way you are a married man, you know meets the wife in that their secret place there is release of the man to the woman. So you can’t be in the presence of God He release… and it’s interesting that He calls, His seed is called the word of God which is why David said in Psalm 119:54 Thy statutes have become my song, so our songs are Revelations.
Also the revelation you have of this God, impacts upon the quality of work that you do and also my training. I had a pastor Pst Esko who… I mean he was fiercely excellent. So we would practice choir practice 3,4 hours and then he will open his door and when he comes out he’ll say have you people finished. Okay, praise God let’s starts choir practice.
What I heard, if that’s what we’re taking tomorrow, we can’t touch anything …so we’ll begin again. We would pray with him all through the nights into the service in tongues we would have the program called Lazarus come forth and the last seven days of the 30 days. We are on dry fast back-to-back vigils into the healing service, you know, we’re hearing the word so that was the spiritual preparation.
Then when it came to the music, he’ll tell me Nathaniel, now that you’ve decided to just focus on God. What are the instruments you need he’ll travel and buy me seven trumpets, expensive …and say do you need the books. He says I want to fly in a guy called Wynton Marsalis just to come and inspire you, he was that kind of a person we were about to do Church album, and he would send Pst Gand in the US can you try to get me Quincy Jones. So I’m from that place.. we would actually go out speak to Quincy Jones.
He’ll say he doesn’t have time. He’ll bring in Daniel Wyners to work with us on an album project. So on the one hand I had spiritual inheritance, then he’ll tell you, you know, and then the words of Prophecy that I had over me was Global so I say to people if God has called you to minister Globally, you can’t do things like a local person.
So Dunsin and I were talking about Engineer in the back room. A guy called John Jaszcz, he mixes a song, Now the money we pay to mix one song is what people take to do their albums so we will mix a song for about $1,200. Just mixing. So for instance on the average, you will probably be spending about five to seven… eight thousand dollars for a song. And I’ve always said that if you want to play globally some people don’t have the patience to listen out for your anointing. So engage Excellence so that while they are appreciating the quality of the music the anointing hits them.
So yeah, so like a song that I just got yesterday, there’s a song we’re about to release with Chandler Moore, a yoruba song, you know, we’ve had the musicians here. We sent it to have strings in Nashville to have strings on the song Alone is $1,200, to mix it is $1200. So to hire a session here in Lagos, with Rotimi, we paid the musicians it’s a lot. So that’s the excellence which explains… I mean thank God for the sound in Africa now that explains what’s happening to African music… Sorry to Worship in Nigeria music watch Sinach and the rest of them. It’s high-tech. There is a sound. However, sometimes your quality can limit it. So I tell people, singers who sing; yes God looks at your heart, So if you sing off key, oh don’t listen to my voice just listen to the message, it means if you say so, God loves you too much to embarrass you, so he won’t open some doors for you. So you’ll be powerful in your local assembly.
You’ll be anointed in your vicinity, yeah because he loves you too much to open a global door for you because sometimes some people are not patient to hear. You know, I mean, so I’ve had this mantra for my music ministry; Spirit, skill, character modeled after David’s 1 Samuel 16. He said, Saul said bring me a man who can play well, not pray so, It wasn’t prayer that took him to the Palace. It was skill that opened the door. So skill has a way of opening a door.
I mean, I was listening to some comments on Twitter about Dunsin, and so people were like I don’t know where that sound is coming from, it’s the anointing but it’s years of practice it’s years of diligence and practice does not come by prayer and fasting… I mean sorry skill does not come by prayer and fasting skill is simple repetitive tasks over time that becomes your nature.
So, you’ll stay there three hours on the instrument. So I’m playing the trumpet like this with the microphone and you’re like oh this guys is so anointed, well it’s eight hours of practice, it’s of “para daba rabada” (mimics trumpet sound) …and then you’re boring and my sister’s are saying what is this noise?! You know and I believe that once the body of Christ as we begin to deliver our gifts in a more excellent manner …and I don’t mean excellence as an end, a lot of times when we say Excellence we’re talking about… it must also be excellence in character.
Okay, but I believe that Excellence is a major tool for Dominion. So I tell Believers when they are sacking people in the office. They shouldn’t mention your name when they mention your name. It should be if we lose this guy we’re gone. All right, and it takes a level of Competence. Alright, you know to be able to play… So that’s what informs what we do.