Reggae Gospel maestro, Buchi gave a stellar performance in the recent Inner-City Mission concert in Benin, Nigeria.
The concert that was organized to raise money for indigent children in underprivileged urban areas, primarily in Africa– was a total hit. Buchi’s surprise appearance drew massive crowds, virtually emptying the streets of Benin.
The music reverberated throughout the city walls, uplifting the massive crowds with those awesome signature-Buchi reggae beats, booming bass lines and rhythmic ‘Rasta’ riffs.
Buchi has been crowned as Africa’s voice of gospel reggae. For decades, the reggae gospel artist has been captivating fans with unforgettable performances. His recent Abuja concert emptied streets, making it “one of the most popular gospel crossover concerts in Nigerian history.” Buchi has released five audio albums and two video albums: These Days So Beautiful, What a life, The Sound of Life, and Over the years.
Buchi was born in Kaduna in 1963 and has lived most of his life in the lively city of Lagos.
Buchi, who is also the Inner City Mission Goodwill Ambassador planned this special event with his fellow Christ Embassy members of Benin, Zone 1 in order to raise awareness about “the plight of the indigent”, as well as raise funds to support the InnerCity Mission in reaching vulnerable children around the world.
The concert ended up raising thousands of dollars.
Families in the Benin community who attended the show were seen shedding tears from the sheer emotional and inspirational atmosphere that was saturated with Christ’s spirit. The attendants were also incredibly grateful for the initiative that was created to raise money for them and their families.
This is not the first concert of this nature to bring joy on such a massive scale. Pastor Chris, the president of both Christ Embassy and the NGO -Inner City Mission has been responsible for countless efforts to raise money for the neglected and disadvantaged. Pastor Chris also frequently has his hand in the music scene and has single-handedly fostered a global gospel empire filled with the world’s top artists known as the Loveworld Music Ministry.
Martin Phike, AKA Martin PK, the South African native–is one of the hottest gospel pop singers of our time and burst onto the scene at 16 years old. He began his career as the young musical prodigy of Gabi Le Roux, South Africa’s biggest producer (responsible for names such as Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Lebo Mathosa, Danny K and of course the beloved Mandoza). The young star only took off from there. After a good stint as a teen pop star, the musician, alongside his brother, created the unforgettable South African boyband ‘Inadiflo’.
The band saw a lot of success and landed a record deal with Sony. In 2004, he and his group Ghetto Lingo entered the Coca-Cola Popstars and were selected out of 15,000 participants. Fast forward to 2019 and Martin PK, with a career that now spans about two decades is currently one of the voices of the Loveworld Music Ministry, ministering to a global audience with his beautiful worship songs. His lyrics, bring words of hope and upliftment and make your heart sing. Get your Martin PK ‘fix’ with these five holy tunes!
The love in this song flows like water and is essentially a song of gratitude to the Lord Almighty. The Holy Spirit that guides us all cannot always be expressed in song, yet Martin PK seems to succeed.
Thus, Saith the Spirit
Based on the remarkable quote in Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, this song is an ode to the scripture. We are all merely messengers of the Lord.
Martin PK’s penetrating voice is accompanied by the heavenly echoes “How wonderful Jesus”, an effect that elevates your soul straight to the heavens. The video was shot in the beautiful Mahe Island in Seychelles, a place that almost represents paradise! Certainly, the apt theme for the song.
Nothing is Impossible
Once you accept that God is inside of you, there is simply nothing that can stand in your way, there is just no reason for fear. What better way to celebrate this glorious notion, other than with Martin PK’s hit track- Nothing is impossible. Enjoy this breathtaking performance on the Californian stage.
You are Great
Shot in the Holy Land, Jerusalem this worship song’s music video features some of the most sacred structures in Judeo-Christian history. One can feel the blessed earth beneath his feet by just simply watching it, not to mention the song itself moves the soul.
Strings Unleashed, the supreme gospel program on Loveworld TV is back with a bang. The hottest gospel reality show features an array of the LoveWorld musical maestros competing for the title of Strings Unleashed winner.
The show that now will take on a more interactive feel in its second season is guaranteed to move, inspire and above all entertain you with their praiseworthy worship tunes. A slew of performers is set to appear. Just some of which include Ur Flames, Melo F.T Cliff M, Testimony Jaga, Samsong, CSO, Daniel Myles, Winter Amadin, KingDareal, T. B. 1, Sam Jamz, Martin PK and many more.
The show will introduce a very exciting voting process that allows fans to choose their favorite artists. The audience can simply state the name of their favorite contestant! Here are some of the artists that are in the running. You can start voting now!
The widely popular LIMA Artist of the Year has produced several hit tracks including “Imaranma”, “Good Day,” and “Justified”- songs that have ministered to thousands of global Loveworld citizens. The gospel sensation also has a music show with fellow ‘LMAMer’ Martin PK. The two discuss a list of hot topics that involve music and entertainment.
The Christ Embassy musician has won multiple awards including Love World Award with the song, “Mighty God”, Best African Gospel by SABC Crown Gospel Awards of 2010, Best West Africa at the Africa Gospel Music Awards UK 2011, and the Love World Awards 2011, for Worship Song of the Year. The soulful singer has certainly made his mark in the scene, wowing crowds in shows around the world
In 2008 Jahdiel exploded onto the gospel scene in 2008 with her debut album Heritage, also earning her the prize in the category ‘Most Promising Artist or Group’. The Nigerian native has actually been singing and playing the piano since she was 13 years old. Jahdiel is also behind the mega-hits “Ebube Dike”, “Oh God” and “Ayaya”, form the 2010 album Under Oath. Her successful career recently landed her in the YNaija‘s list of “100 Most Inﬂuential People in Christian Ministry in Nigeria.
Of course, there will be hordes of other massive Loveworld artists who will be featured on the new season of Strings Unleased such as Ur Flames, Melo F.T Cliff M, Testimony Jaga, Samsong, CSO, Daniel Myles, Winter Amadin, KingDareal, T. B. 1, Sam Jamz, Martin PK. Get ready for the new Strings Unleashed!
This year’s Experience concert just wrapped up and the turnout was simply overwhelming.
An exhilarated crowd at the recent ‘Experience Concert in Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos, Nigeria roared and cheered at the incredible line-up of this year’s gospel extravaganza. The concert, now in its 13th year has been the most popular concert for gospel fans around the world. This year, under the theme ‘Jesus Our Peace’ the artistes dedicated their music to the pursuit of world peace by improvising and creating songs on the spot with the word ‘peace’. Some musicians even quoted scripture while keeping in with the theme.
African-American pop-gospel singer Kirk Franklin took to the stage with an impressive rap on the subject. In his song, he wowed crowds with the words peace transcends to Abuja Akwa Ibom etc. Among the many other artists were, Planet Shakers, Don Moen, Donnie McClurkin, Eben, Chioma Jesus, Travis Greene, Mike Aremu, Glowreeyah, Timi Dakolo all of which dazzled the tens of thousands of soul-winners that stood before them.
The show also featured incredible collaborations between artists and was indeed an enlightening experience for all present. The world’s finest gospel artistes led the crowd into fiery praise and worship into God’s glorious embrace. Over 70 000 people united and inspired with reverence over musicians overpowering musical ministering.
Explaining the choice of theme, The Experience Convener, Pastor Paul Adefarasin of House On The Rock Church said, “The theme ‘Jesus our Peace’ is significant because it precedes a crucial election year. Despite many challenges Nigerians may face, we cannot afford to lose faith in God’s ability to turn things around for our good, choosing to see a bright future, the Nigeria of our dreams, one that we can proudly bequeath to the ‘next-generations.’ Above all, peace must be our ultimate candidate, regardless of the outcome of the elections – we all need to work together for a peaceful win.”
Pastor Paul Adefarasin continued by stressing that not only is the annual concert a source of inspiration to millions of gospel fans and congregants, but it is also a tourist attraction for the nation of Nigeria.
“The Experience is a major contributor to both our National and State economies through tourism and its associated businesses.”, Adefarasin continued, noting that “Entrepreneurs have developed and birthed various enterprises which substantially contribute to the economy in areas of human capital development, hospitality, commerce and industry.
“The Entertainment sector of the economy has also blossomed over the last 12 years of the Experience. This is evident as many of our indigenous gospel artistes who featured on its platform have become highly sought-after internationally, with significant changes in their personal economies. Several international collaborations between our home-based music ministers and their foreign counterparts have been birthed on this very platform.”
With an incredibly successful Experience 2018 behind us, millions of fans are already looking forward to the next one.
It’s Christmas time, the most festive and holy time of the year! It’s a time to rejoice, to love and appreciate our family, and of course get into that merry groove. The best way of course to do that is to play some good old Christmas tunes. These 5 delightful jingles will warm up your heart, uplift your soul and sprinkle you with some much needed Christmas spirit.
Whitney Houston- Joy to the World
Whitney Houston has been blowing us away for decades. The legendary superstar’s beautiful rendition of the Christmas carol ‘Joy to the World’ is deeply moving and guaranteed to bring in that magical Christmas feeling. Houston recorded the song for the 1996 film, The Preacher’s Wife, a film in which she also acted. The carol is so popular in fact, that it has been recorded by many other world-famous artists, such as Boney M, Mariah Carey, and even the Jonas Brothers.
Mariah Carey- O Holy Night
Every Christmas this songbird delights us with her legendary holiday hits. This song is of course from her classic Christmas album of 1994, Merry Christman. This album is full of beautiful covers of our favorite carols such as ‘All I Want for Christmas is You’, ‘Silent Night, Christmas’ (Baby Please Come Home) and much more. While Carey gives her own special twist, this song is actually centuries years old and was originally written in French! The song was also, according to the Canadian inventor, Reginald Fessenden a pioneer in radio broadcasting, the live broadcast of a song in history.
Brenda Lee- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Johnny Marks, the prolific Christmas songwriter is famous for his many Christmas hits such as “Holly Jolly Christmas ” and ” Rudolph The Red – Nosed Reindeer. ” This song was first released in 1958. Brenda Lee’s rendition, however, is one has been cemented in history. In a 2006 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Lee explained that she recorded this in July with Nashville producer Owen Bradley, saying “Owen had the studio all freezing cold with the air conditioning, and he had a Christmas tree all set up to kind of get in the mood just a little bit. We had a lot of fun.”
Holy Holy Holy – Kurt Carr
The American gospel music composer and performer actually served as a Minister of Music at The First Baptist Church of Hartford in Connecticut. The artist certainly has Jesus’s love running through his veins. The singer, however, did not grow up in a spiritual family at all, yet at 13, felt drawn to the church, and of course church music. There, together with the help of his acting chops, he developed in his school theatre class, and his passion for the Gospel, Carr turned into one of the most inspiring gospel performers of all time. His song Holy Holy Holy is perfect on a Christmas Eve.
Reason for The Season, Patti LaBelle
The famed Patti LaBelle, once considered by some to be Aretha Franklin’s rival, belts out her heartfelt take on the song ‘The Reason for the Season’. LaBelle’s Christmas album is filled with smooth and uplifting tunes that are guaranteed to light up your hearts and usher in the festive holiday spirit. It is the perfect mix between soulful praise and joyous holiday melody that only Patti LaBelle can pull off.
Little Drummer Boy – Pentatonix
This award-winning a capella group gives a fresh new take on one of the oldest Christmas carols of our time. The five-member group aptly named the Pentanonix specializes mostly in covering Christmas songs by harmonizing beautifully orchestrated vocal arrangements and beatboxing. The band was formed only in 2011 and has already snatched up a bunch of Grammies, and various other internet-based awards, such as the YouTube Awards and the Streamy Awards, an award that recognizes in online video production
The LIMA awards are not the only gospel awards to have happened recently. Every year the SABC holds the wonderful Crown Gospel. The event that ended just a few days announced their big winners. The award ceremony took place in Durban, South Africa at the ICC on November 25, 2018.
With over 600 entries of mega gospel stars, judges had a tough time making their selections, yet after much consideration, the winners were chosen!
The ‘Best Collaboration’ category, also received a wave of entries this year, more than it has in the previous years. A large number of entries is tied to the growing local gospel scene which every year nurtures an array of blossoming young artists. The Crown Gospel awards also aim to celebrate the art of lyrics with its award for Best Song Writer.
“There’s a new generation of writers who may not be in the limelight or celebrated but create a grand platform for the singers.” Previous winners in this category included Thina Zungu’s Kwanqaba Umusa and Andile Ka Majola’s Nanoma Niyangibona! Below is a list of the big winners:
Best Female Gospel Artist
Swazi Ndlamini – ‘You Are Great’
Mabongi Mabaso – ‘Tintswalo’
Pretty Mhlongo – ‘Gam’elihle’
Verona – ‘Victorious’
Thabelo Metshiunda – ‘U kha Divha u Muzimu Medley ’
Best Male Gospel Artist
Sipho Ngwenya – Intimate Season 3
Tebogo Moloi – Omha Tsohle
Lungi Ndala – Kea Leboha Jesu
Khaya Mthethwa – Umkhulu Umsebenzi
Best of Africa Gospel
Takesure Zama (Zimbabwe) –‘ Ngidinga Wena’
Tshepo Lesole (Botswana) – ‘Use Me’
Godwin Omighale (Nigeria) – ‘Winner Man’
Ayo Solanke (Nigeria) – ‘God of Wonders’
Best Gospel Music Video
Abathandwa Ehhe – ‘Moya Wami’
Fikile Mlomo – ‘Phendula Jehova’
Obrey M – ‘Impumelelo’
Dube Brothers – ‘Blessed’
Best Church Choir
Blessed Jerusalema – ‘Ngijulise’
The Spirit Healer – ‘Ngena Ulindelwe’
Abahlabeleli Uzowapholisa – ‘Amanxeba’
Best Gospel Rock
Buhle Thela – ‘Halleluiah’
DCC – ‘Worship Forward’
Palesa Ngwenya – ‘Awesome God’
Natalie Rungan – ‘Grace is Shouting out’
Best Gospel Jazz Song
Bheka Mthethwa – ‘All By Grace’
Sicelo Moya – ‘Ewe Jesu’
Nzala Mokoena – ‘Konke Ksebenzela Ukulunga’
If you missed the unforgettable LIMA awards of 2018, and need your access to the biggest stars on the scene then here you have it. We, at Good Gospel Playlist have compiled a list of the top 4 LIMA winners.
CSO- Worship Song and Song of the Year
The song ‘Holy Spirit’ won Worship Song and Song of the year. CSO, also known as Sharon Oyakhilome is a minister of the Gospel, singer, songwriter, bandleader, as well as the leader of Christ Embassy London. As the daughter of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, the artist grew up in the LoveWorld Nation. According to the artist, the song was written about the “most important person here on earth, the Holy Spirit.” The gospel starlet said that when she wrote the song she was “praying and fellowshipping with Him, He gave me the lyrics and the melody.” The beautiful music video was shot in breathtaking Switzerland.
UR Flames’ – Theme Song of The Year
Boyband UR Flames blew audiences away with their hit song and certainly did give everyone ‘something to shout about’. The song set the theme for the entire IPPC, making everyone get up and move, including the Loveworld president himself, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome. The duo is no strangers to success. UR Flames have also won awards for the best music video and have performed around the world to their millions of fans.
Testimony Jaga – Song of the Year
The Afro-pop dance track Jehovah is both a local and international hit. The artist, who was recently dubbed the gospel ‘King of the Streets‘ is famous for making music for the street youth of Lagos as well as at the world at large. Testimony was last year’s newcomer and has since received worldwide fame with his dance hits. The gospel star recently said in an interview in the Nigerian Tribune, how grateful he is for the platform he has received from his church leader, Pastor Chris.
Sinach- Best Female Vocalist
Loveworld crooner and crowd favorite, Sinach won best female singer once again. The vocalist has been dubbed the queen of gospel, filling stadiums all over the world. Sinach started in small prayer groups in her church choir and eventually went on to be on the biggest gospel singers alive today. Her song ‘I know who I am’ beautifully celebrates identity and belief in God.
There were certainly many more hit songs that evening that celebrated LMAM’s year of music. Just some of them include the first ever quintuple tie in Best Male Vocalist Category; Isaiah Samson, Martin PK, Eben, Obi Shine and Chris Shalom celebrated for exceptional vocals, Lewis, Singer of Hit Track and Best New Act winner, with the song Bulletproof and the UK Mass Choir who won Host Choir of the Year for UK Leaders’ & Partners’. For more songs from the LIMA playlist, click here
Check out all the winners of the 2018 LIMA awards and enjoy these memorable moments.
The LIMA awards brought this year’s IPPC to a close, and according to Pastor Chris, was the most successful one to date. Pastor Chris expressed that Christ Embassy has reached new heights. The ‘man of God’, as he is known to his millions of devotees, spoke of this record breaking achievement. Pastor Chris celebrated the many talented gospel musicians that graced the stage. The event, that was held at the Loveworld Convocation Arena, in Lagos Nigeria, performed their amazing hits and were praised for the beautiful melodies and dedication to the word of God.
Here is the full list of winners.
Jeannine Zoe Wojacek and Frank Edwards: Music Collaboration of the Year;
Kelly Lyon for Producer of the Year
CSO for Worship Song of the Year
Pastor Ester Miracle for Spoken Word Artiste
Supernatural for Music Video of the Year
Rita for Songwriter of the Year
T-Sharp for Theme song of the Year
Eben for Artiste of the Year
CSO for Song of the Year, and in the same category- Testimony for the song Jehova.
Kids Can Dance for Best Dance Act/Drama
Hip Hop Ladies (Holy Hands) for Most Outstanding Group
UK Band for Band of the Year
UK Mass Choir for Host Choir of the Year
Isaiah Samson, Martin PK, Eben, Obi Shine & Chris Shalom for Best Male Vocalists
Lewis for Best New Act of the Year.
There were many crowd favorites and also newcomers. This year was larger and more majestic than previous years. Christ Embassy has achieved the unthinkable. In the year 2018, the year as Pastor Chris has called it, the year of the Supernatural.
The LoveWorld Inc’s favorite gospel star, Israel Strong is back with another powerful track ‘He Paid It All’. This devoted and soulful artist has won several other awards over the years for his gospel hits.
It is a beautiful tribute to Jesus Christ. The song talks about how Jesus Christ paid for our sins. “I’ll never forget what he did on the cross to me, oh what a perfect love.” It is a song filled with devotion and gratitude for Jesus.
The song, with the simple line “He paid it all” perfectly describes Jesus’ selfless act as well as his love for humanity. The catchy pop song echoes Strong’s deep sense of thankfulness. Strong’s smooth and high vocals come alive and force you to sing along and shout hallelujah. Israel Strong is certainly a force to be reckoned with in the world of gospel. The vocalist has won multiple awards. In 2015, Strong was the recipient of ‘Song Writer of the year’ for the junior category. The awards project was created in order to “to reach the world through music and creative arts ministrations.” A strong sense of devotion super evident in all his music.
His other hot tracks include, New Level and the Advantage among many others, all of them channeling the love of God. In an interview with this “great minister of God in songs”, Israel Strong told us about the inspiration of his new single. He said; “This song was birthed by the Spirit of God and it came to me during my personal prayer and fasting. I wanted to sing a song that was in line with the message of year and God granted my heart desire.” Indeed a Channeling of Faith.
Check out more of Israel’s Strong’s inspiring hits that we selected that bets show his glorious gratitude to the Lord.
Strong communicates with the Lord through his music with themes of gratitude and appreciation. In one of his most popular hits of 2016 ‘Born Victorious’ , Strong talks about talks about creation and expresses a “confession of what God’s word says about the new creation in Christ” This great song was produced by Kelly Lyon, one of the genres top producers.
The Man of the Mountain Top is another great song that talks about that special presence that is constantly watches over you. We all want to climb that great mountain top, getting there can be scary but once you’re on top you “can never fall”. This is what Strong talks about in this moving track.
Strong is one of LoveWorld Music and Arts Ministry’s greatest artists and has expressed his great sense of appreciation for his church for honoring him before the world to the glory of God. He has stated the he owes his inspiration to Pastor Chris and Christ Embassy. In Israel Strong’s Voice, “am following my man of God, bumper to bumper.” Other top gospel artists from the church including Sinach, Ada, Eben, Frank Edwards, Testimony Jaga, Rap Nation Jahdiel, Evangelist Kathy Woghiren, Buchi, Wisdom continue to transform gospel.
There are countless ways to rediscover the light. Sometimes, during times of sadness, an uplifting push is all you need. Songs with uplifting and inspiring lyrics and melodies can sometimes completely transform your mood.
Hearing the Lord’s soothing voice though music can change the way you see the world. For the times when all you need is a simple lift, listen to our top 5 songs from our uplifting gospel playlist!
Adam Randal AKA Owl City creates uplifting and indie synth pop melodies with soothing lyrics that uplift the soul. This sweet voiced and fun synth playing soloist began composing melodies in his parent’s basement. Since then he has become of the world’s most successful pop artists.
The musician owes his inspiration to instrumental post rock genres and of course his devout faith, evident in the uplifting tracks such as in the songs “All Things Bright”, “Beautiful” and “Galaxies”. Explaining why the faith-filled song was added to the mix, he said, “I feel like if I were ever to hide the fact that that’s what’s so important to me, it would be a crime, that I should probably be put in jail for that.
Spending a large part of his youth skipping church and getting up to ‘no good’, this former bad boy found himself being born again at the Christ Embassy. It was there he completely transformed his life.
The now award-winning Gospel rapper is also a member of the BLW RapNation and host of the LegallyME vlog. Sam Jamz’s music has a hint of Caribbean flavor coupled with catchy Afro-pop and the perfect ingredient to lift your spirits.
Eben, born Emmanuel Benjamin succeeds in combining a catchy mix of Afro-pop, hip-hop and dance-influenced music. The singer songwriter was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and began his career as a simple rapper before moving onto more complex studio productions.
The uplifting gospel hits “Imaranma,” “Good Day,” and “I Don Hammer’ garnered much attention and even won him a Worship Song of the Year award in 2015.
Before this mega-starlet was filling up stadiums, she was choir member in the Christ Embassy. It was there she got her start in singing.
Born Osinachi Joseph, the vocalist spent many years in the church honing her talents as a worship leader and singer. Shortly after however, Sinach shot to stardom with countless hits. Her African Achievers’ Award for Global Excellence instantly put her put her on the map. Sinach’s breathtaking vocals and inspiring lyrics in “Way Maker” will lead you into a path of light.
At just 10, Ada was selected to be a member of a Nigerian all-girl band. Her music career was put on hold throughout her studies. This achiever got her degree in engineering at the Lagos State University. Like Sinach, it was though Christ Embassy that the artist found her way back into music. Singing in the choir gave her an amazing platform to start her international music career. Listen to Ada’s “Only You Jesus”, a guaranteed boost.