An Unforgettable Martin Luther King Concert

The legendary icon of social justice, Martin Luther King was celebrated in an incredibly unforgettable gospel concert. The rocking show took place upon the famous Leo Rich Stage in Tucson, Arizona.

The tribute show boasted an impressive list of musicians, all of whom gathered to honour the great Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, a man celebrated for his fight for African Americans during the 1960s. The concert featured artists from an extremely wide spectrum of musical styles. Gospel choirs, an American Idol, jazz and blues singers, pop singers and a youth string orchestra all shared the stage for this momentous occasion.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in Music, presented by the Tucson Musicians Museum, featured the Neon Prophet front-man Dave Dean, a gospel staple of the Tucson scene. The vocalist from this famed reggae band has been a part of the Tucson scene for roughly 30 years. The band’s dancehall melodies infused with Christian themes is what has kept them strong for all these years. Over the years players have come and gone, but the core members like David Dean- Vocals and Bass, and Jamie Cirrito-Bass and Vocals, have remained constant

Katie Haverly at the MLK concert at Leo Rich Theatre.Credit: Julius Schlosburg

“American Idol” contestant and blues/jazz/pop singer Crystal Stark brought her mesmerizing voice to the party.  The Tucson native is an Arizona favourite. Her appearance was met with deafening roars. Stark, who has achieved worldwide fame, still manages to keep her Christian spirit alive, a little fact that makes her one of the most beloved vocalists in the whole state.

Other artists that headlined the meaningful concert; the George Howard Band, Russell Long and Oscar Chavez, Steven Wilhite and his Gospel Choir, jazz singer Julie Anne Boos, folk-rock singer Katie Haverly, blues diva Anna Warr, Sink Like A Stone Band, Latin-pop newcomers Tonight’s Sunshine and maestro Dennis R. Bourret and his Tucson Junior Strings youth orchestra. A lineup that made it a supremely eclectic experience, while at the same time upholding the spirit of the Lord, Jesus Christ, making it a celestial and soulful experience.

Tucson Junior Strings. Courtesy Tucson Junior Strings via Facebook
Tucson Junior Strings. Courtesy Tucson Junior Strings via Facebook

Musicians performed a range of songs, many of them from the actual Civil Rights movement. Crowds described the experience as an emotional and musical time-capsule.  The atmosphere was uplifting and energizing for all present. It would be fair to say that the late Martin Luther King would have been immensely moved by the musical experience. With a combination of gospel praise, uplifting atmosphere, a joyful Tucson crowd and a spirit of hope and peace all packed into one unforgettable night.

 

Buchi in Benin

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.

The Buchi concert continued into the night
The Buchi concert continued into the night

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.

The Ultimate Martin PK Playlist

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!

Holy Spirit
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.

Beautiful Jesus
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.

Follow Martin PK on Kingschat!

 

A Fresh New Season of Strings Unleashed

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!

Eben

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.

Joe Praize

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

Jahdiel

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!

Kanye West Throws Sunday Service Style Hip Hop Concert

Kanye West decided to turn a recent Sunday prayer session into a full-blown concert. The result- a successful Kanye Hip Hop show infused with gospel church energy.

The prayers service turned Hip Hop show featured some of the biggest names in the rap industry, with collaborators such as Kid Cudi, Tony Williams and 070 Shake. The artists performed some of their best hits as well as gospel renditions including “Reborn,” “I Wonder” and “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” According to the crowds, one of the most touching moments of the performance was his song ‘Reborn’, “the best song to come out of G.O.O.D Music’s chaotic summer.

Kid Cudi, Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com

Kanye West has said that his spiritual breakthrough is largely due to the artist Chance the Rapper. West has thanked the famed Christian rapper for helping him “reconnect him to his Christian faith, which is greatly impacting his family.”
In a tweet, the mega-star wrote “you have to see and feel how happy I am and how strong my family is,” West tweeted. “We are even stronger because of this through the love and grace of God.”

“I need to speak about how Chance demanding that we record in Chicago reconnected me with my roots and also my faith in Jesus Christ,” he said. Over the summer, the two artists collaborated on a joint album in a Chicago studio. According to xxlmag.com, “Chance and West did not complete the album but apparently, their time together was an opportunity for Chance to share some of his faith with the controversial trailblazer enough to stir his faith back up.”

Chance the Rapper Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock
Chance the Rapper Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock

Chance is not only inspiring others to follow the righteous path but is also on his own spiritual mission. Earlier this month, he announced that he’s leaving the country to “learn the Word of God,” acknowledging that while he was raised in a Christian home, he’s essentially “unfamiliar” with the Bible.
“I’m on a plane headed out the country on my first sabbatical,” the artist wrote in a recent Instagram post. “I’m going away to learn the Word of God which I am admittedly very unfamiliar with. I’ve been brought up by my family to know Christ, but I haven’t taken it upon myself to really just take a couple of days and read my Bible. We all quote scripture and tell each other what God likes and doesn’t like, but how much time do we spend as followers of Jesus to really just read and KNOW His Word. I’m definitely guilty of not devoting time to it.”

It sounds like we can all be expecting some amazing music from both Kanye and Chance very soon.

LMAM stars light up the stage at December 31st Global New Years’ Service and FALA 2018

Stunning LMAM stars dazzled the global audience as they ushered in 2019, the Year of Lights.

Excitement resonated through each and every individual present at Loveworld Convocation Arena, and even in those who viewed the event from home. The annual event that celebrated the exemplary leaders of the Future African Leaders Foundation (FALF), as well as Pastor Chris’s final service of 2018, were moved, inspired and motivated for the new year. While the waves of the Love world’s glorious ministering may have been enough, crowds were further graced with a musical delight by the ministry’s most magnificent gospel artists.

Renowned musical artists stirred the souls of thousands before them and the additional millions who were plugged in on the live stream at home. Artists such as Frank Edwards, CSO & Israel Strong, UR Flames, Testimony Jaga and so much more blew audiences away with gospel hits, evoking the sea of Loveworld citizens to unite in song and sing along. Hearts and souls were elevated to heavenly heights when the global audience, in this beautiful display of harmony and perfect interconnectedness. This indeed signified the beginning of the Year of Lights as the Loveworld Convocation Arena was emanating with a warm and divine glow.

Last year’s event was equally as memorable. The year that welcomed the Year of the Supernatural, a year that brought countless blessings to the ministry. Multiple time LIMA winner, Martin PK sang his gospel mega-hit ‘Beautiful Jesus’, a song that filled hearts of the millions of soul-winners who were fortunate enough to witness. The beloved Sinach was also there, bringing joy to everyone with a tuneful treat.

The LMAM stars that time and time wow crowds with their God-given talents always gave the evening that extra layer of sparkle and glamour. The ceremony celebrated Africa’s fresh new faces of youth leadership with the Future African Leadership Awards. Awards were granted to an array of young individuals who have been leading Africa into a new direction.
It was a truly unforgettable experience. For more information, follow event updates on Kingschat. You can also watch the live stream of the event right here on Loveworld TV

The Top 5 Gospel Christmas Songs of All Time

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

Merry Christmas!

 

SABC Crown Gospel Awards

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’

Best Gospel Maskandi
Amageza Amahle – ‘Ngithandaze’
Indlalifa Kushintsh’ – ‘Isimo’
Mduduzi Nyawose – ‘Ungunguye’
Mude Mude – ‘Wakhulula umoya Wami’

Best Gospel Producer Album
Nqubeko Mbatha for Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Ayanda Ntanzi – Nasempini
Sam Ngonyama – Intimate Worship Season 3
Neyi Zimu – Another Level of Worship

Best Tap and Clap
Sifofane Gospel Choir – ‘Tlohelang ho Bolaya Bomme le Bana’
Thohoyandou God is Love Choir – ‘Mbilu Nyanga’
The Book of Lekgowa – ‘Tsietsi’
Dipaki tsa Morena – ‘Ma Africa’

Best Praise Song
Ayanda Ntanzi – ‘Nasempini’
Tshwane Gospel – ‘Choir Praise Him Alone’
Mlungisi Buthelezi – ‘Ngcwele Ngcwele’
Lungi Ndala – ‘This God That We Serve

Crown Gospel Winner Lebohang Kgapola, Music in Africa
Crown Gospel Winner Lebohang Kgapola, Music in Africa

Best Traditional Gospel
Teboho Moloi – ‘It Is Well’
Babo Ngcobo – ‘Thixo Mkhululi’
The Living Rock – ‘Bombo ra va Kreste’
Bulelani Koyo – ‘Zonke Izono/lizalis’idinga Lakho’

Best Gospel Contemporary Song
Phindi Phewa – ‘Raising Jesus Flag’
Tshwane Gospel Choir – ‘Sweeter’
Neyi Zimu – ‘Victorious’
Gugulethu Nkutha – ‘Risen King’

Best Gospel Group
Tshwane Gospel Group – The Next Revival
Anointed Worship – Live at Breytenbad Season 2
The Living Rock – Bombo ra va Kreste
Abathandwa – Amagatsha

Best Songwriter
Sbu Banda – ‘Kuyokusiza Ngani’
Babo Ngcobo – ‘Thixo Mkhululi’
Mxolisi Mbethe – ‘Sikufanele’
Thula ga Ndlela – ‘Dabula amaZulu Wehle’

Best Gospel Worship Song
Phuluso Thenga – ‘You Are In This Place’
Zonke Makhoba – ‘Before your Throne’
Sicelo Moya – ‘My Everything’
Lebohang Kgapola – ‘We Bless Your Name/We Serve a Great God’

Best Newcomer
Lebohang Kgapola – ‘Freedom Song’
Gugulethu Nkutha – ‘After Creation’
Phummy Shalvah – ‘Strong Redeemer’
Phuluso Thenga – ‘Glory/Uyavhusa’

Best Gospel Album
Sicelo Moya – Solid Rock
DCC – Worship Forward
Tshwane Gospel Choir – The Next Revival
Khaya Mthethwa – Mukhulu Umsebenzi

Best Gospel Song
Dumi Mkokstad – ‘Ulwandle’
Hlengiwe Mhlaba – ‘Sthandwa Sami’
Lungi Ndala – ‘Kea Leboha Jeso’
Khaya Mthethwa – ‘Mkhulu Umsebenzi’

Best Gospel Artist
Baboa Ngcobo – Thixo Mkhululi
Teboho Moloi – Ompha Tsohle
Sipho Ngwenya – Intimate Worship Season 3
Hlengiwe Mhlaba – Sthandwa Sami
Best Gospel Community Radio Show

The LIMA 2018 Playlist

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

Testimony, The New Uprising Star of Christ Embassy

Testimony is making major waves in the LMAM music scene. This gospel prince has a LIMA best song of the year and has been leading troubled youths from the streets into a righteous path.

Testimony, originally born as Saliu Aliyu Olaiwola had a blossoming career before he found the church. Long before the gospel crossover, the artist was a rising secular star creating music and collaborating with some of the industry’s hottest artists. It took some time for the musician to make it into the world of gospel, but when Testimony stumbled into church music, it changed his life forever.

Testimony from his new music video 'Jehovah'
Testimony from his new music video ‘Jehovah’

Testimony fell into the church from an unfortunate incident. In 2011 the artist was wrongly accused of stealing a car. With no support and no evidence to back him up, the police arrested the rising star and sent him to prison for 4 months. It was in there, that Testimony prayed with all his might to God to see him through. Fortunately for him, his prayers were heard, and the musician was released. It was on that day that Testimony found himself in Christ Embassy, the church of Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.

Pastor Chris welcomed the young artist and saw his potential. He believed in him, nurtured him and gave him a platform on which he could create music and reach millions of people. This gave Testimony a new sense of hope and belief, not only in God but also in himself. With all of this support, this led the artist to discover new ways to spread his message, thus the ‘Street Gospel Movement‘ was born.

Testimony performing at the 2018 LIMA awards
Testimony performing at the 2018 LIMA awards

The New Street Gospel Movement is a movement that uses music to spread the word of God to struggling street youths. This is a big part of Testimony’s work. He spends a lot of time finding kids to reach out to. He approaches these kids with his music and just simply talks to them, telling them, with a song, that there is a better path.

“If truly I am a gospel minister, where am I supposed to go back to share the good news? The streets. I am saying, “Hello, people, come and see what God has done for me. You too can join me”. That is my mindset and I promised God that if I can make it, I will go back from where I come from to tell everyone there. My songs are for the people in the streets.”

Testimony live streams about his new Gospel Street Movement
Testimony live streams about his new Gospel Street Movement

Countless Nigerian kids love Testimony’s music, as well as many around the world. They feel that he really speaks to them. This has gained him a massive amount of popularity, with people even dubbing him as the gospel version’ of the famous Nigerian musician, Olamide, ‘The King of the Streets’.
Christ Embassy has propelled these many gospel stars into global fame, with Pastor Chris Oyakhilome himself even stating at the recent LIMA awards, that “no music concert in the world makes sense without talents from here.”

Testimony is without a doubt one of these major talents. His song ‘Jehovah’ won him the LIMA song of the year in the Proto-stars category, yet the ‘boy from the streets’ insists that all of his success is because of one man, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome.