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Christian hip hop music takes industry by storm

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Lesynem Junior, a gospel rapper behind Kenya’s new-school gospel genre Christian Geng. She is here to introduce her new single Prayer. “The Bible says we are in a spiritual fight. We fight not through flesh and blood. We fight principalities. We fight through prayer,” she sings.

The group comprising of Lesynem Junior, LornaTheRapper, JOKJaro and 2Testifayaz, seeks to redefine urban gospel. The group was nominated for Pulse Music Video Awards (PMVA) last year promises to revolutionise the gospel industry.

This is a bold move in an environment where gospel hip-hop has for long been stereotyped as a genre for western world gangs and gangsters. Artistes have been ostracised by some churches for adopting new styles that were deemed inappropriate. This, however, did not only apply to hip-hop but to other genres as well. Only a few Kenyans have embraced gospel hip-hop.

First came the Gospel Fathers with soft hip-hop for their songs Fundi wa Mbao, Kiama and Sina Madeni, that gave a contemporary touch to the local gospel. Then came Juliani and Eko Dydda with their Ghetto swag. Holy Dave also embraced rap gospel among other creatives.

Christian hip-hop (CHH) which borrows from the secular hip-hop was designed to attract masses to Christianity. CHH can be traced to the USA where it started in the late 1980s. This was just recorded music that falls in the category of hip-hop.

All through the 1990s to the early 2000’s CHH gained popularity. With the songs praising God, admonishing and at times dissing the devil and his agents and also aping what hip-hop is all about the promotion of ego and self-worth declaring you are the best in the game with some using violent lyrics.

The Cross Movement is one of the most famous rap groups that put CHH on the chart. The group also had a record label Cross Movement Records where they recorded and promoted artistes like Da Truth among others. Their music received positive reviews from mainly Christian based media organisations. After flying the CHH flag since 1996, the group became inactive in 2008 but are running their label.

In Other News – Former Othaya MP Mary Wambui gets new Government job

Former Othaya MP Mary Wambui has been appointed as the Chairperson of Trustees of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund.

In a gazette notice Friday, Wambui will hold the position for three years according to Labour CS Simon Chelagui.

Mary Wambui

In exercise of the powers conferred by section 10 (1) (a) of the National Employment Authority Act, 2006, the Cabinet Secretary for Labour and Social Protection appoints Mary Wambui to be Chairperson of Trustees of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from January 1, 2021,” read the notice. learn more