Grammy Award-winning artist and former Maverick City Music member Dante Bowe is under fire from his fans over a recent music video that some argue is too “sexualized and sensual” with its portrayal of scantily clad women and provocative dance moves, including twerking.
Bowe recently dropped the music video for his track “Wind Me Up.” In it, Bowe is seen on a boat in the company of several women and men. The scene later transitions to a nighttime party, where women dance around a campfire. While some of the dancing remains subdued, certain scenes show styles not commonly associated with a Christian artist’s visuals, including instances of women twerking in bikinis.
Bowe, who released the song on his new solo album Dante Bowe, shared the song and video were all part of his pivot to a new creative sound following his departure from Maverick City Music last year.
“This project signifies my creative evolution and a daring leap towards pushing the envelope,” Bowe said. “Through soulful melodies, infectious beats, and deeply-rooted lyrics, I’ve curated a sonic expedition that bridges the gap between diverse musical realms.”
However, many fans have some strong, negative feelings about Bowe’s new sound and look. Following the music video’s release, a number of fans took to his social media platforms to express that while they enjoyed the song, the video’s content went too far.
View this post on Instagram
“You got famous from being a worship minister for the Lord, so why are you moving away from what lifted you now that you got your fame?” one user commented. “I remember you once said you never thought you would get famous from praising the Lord, where is that guy? You didn’t get to the top by doing secular music. Dr. Ian Ndlovu prophesied last month that we would begin to see a different side to many worship ministers. I guess this is the beginning of it. I pray the Lord opens your eyes to return to the Lord that lifted you in ministry.”
“This is overly sexualized and sensual for someone who screams that everything they do is in Jesus name,” wrote another user. “If you don’t find an issue with this you’re either lukewarm or don’t have discernment. The dancer could have easily not had their breast on full display and not twerking in the camera, let’s be so real right now. God bless him and I pray he has a true transformation in Christ.”
“The track is fire but the visuals are distracting,” another wrote. “I had to do a double go back and remind myself that I saw you leading praise and worship at church. I wish our sisters were so not exposed, and grinding.”