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Christafari In Kenya

It’s always a thrill when international acts are hosted in Kenya. This time round, Christafari Band from across the oceans – Lomita, California; are on their Kenyan tour featuring Tunedem band(who are hosting them) that started on 28th April 2017 and will continue until 14th May 2017.  Tunedem band’s leader and founder, Kepha Charles is the official point man and tour organizer.

Photo credits: @Javier.delcid

Here is a bit of history on their beginnings: 
Christafari was founded in 1989 by Pastor Mark Mohr. Raised in a Christian family, Mohr strayed from his spiritual upbringing during his teens and turned to drugs and alcohol, going as far as growing and even dealing marijuana. After running away from home, living on the streets and hitting rock-bottom, he had an undeniable encounter with God that drastically transformed his world. At 17, Mark re-committed his life to Christ and took what he now calls his “Freedom Step” out of addiction. At that point, his greatest desire was to help others escape the same bondage that once entangled him. He felt God leading him to start the first Gospel reggae band in America. Just two weeks later the band was birthed at a camp talent show, when a friend said, “So you’re not a Rastafarian anymore; you’re a Christafarian.” And the name stuck! While their name may just sound like a play on words, in Biblical Greek it stands for a group of people who bear or represent the name of Christ. “At that time, the best advice I was given was to go to Bible College so I could be theologically and doctrinally sound,” says Mark, who attended BIOLA University with an emphasis on pastoral studies and missions. During his college years, Christafari continued to take shape as Mark wrote songs for the band’s first three albums.


In 1999, after recording two albums with Gotee Records under the tutelage of TobyMac, Mark branched out and founded his own record company, Lion of Zion Entertainment, with the goal of “reaching the world through world music,” and he later launched GospelReggae.com In 2002, while ministering in the Caribbean, Mohr met Trinidadian musician Avion Blackman. The two married a year and a half later and Avion joined the band full-time on bass and vocals. Avion comes from a very large musical family. Her father Ras shorty invented Soca and Jamoo music and trained his children to become his own backing band. She began singing lead on stage with him at only four years old and playing bass in his band The Love Circle at 14. Christafari is comprised of men and women from various continents, countries and cultures that share a love for reggae music and passion for following Jesus to the ends of the earth.

I got to attend #ChillageAtTheVillage on Sunday 30th April 2017. It was organized by Kubamba radio and held at Nairobi Chapel, Ngong Road. Kerry Kagiri, who hosts the ‘Turnt’ show on Kubamba radio, was the MC of the day. Dj Robo was on the decks ensuring that the crowd got turnt. Dj Moz later took over as Churchboy led the crowd dancing to some old skul music. Some of the performances were from Patrow, Webi who performed some of the tracks from his 2016 album – Lokunda(love) and Tunedem Band whose performance was electrifying to say the least. Christafari band topped the performances as the audience enjoyed their well-known gospel reggae music. A snippet of their upcoming video ‘Jump High Like A Maasai’ was also shot on site capturing the crowd. Chillage at the Village was definitely back in a grand way.

Christafari had also been to House of Grace, Langata on Friday(see photos here) and were ministering at Dandora Stadium grounds on Labour day. They will be in the country until 14th May 2017. See the poster below or visit their website christafari.com/events for more details on where you can catch their live performances.

You can also follow them on social media:
Twitter: Christafari Band
Facebook: Christafari Band
Instagram: Christafari Band

Blog Written by: Phoenix

How #EnezaConcert went down

When Uncovered Band approached us to sponsor their concert in terms of marketing, we had not heard of them before. Soon after seeing the work they had put into their music and the vision that God had placed in them to reach the nations, it is not a wonder why we easily accepted to work with them.

#EnezaConcert was aimed at helping the band raise funds for their South Korea Tour. The band holds a yearly Easter concert, which is also its main event, titled Easter Evening. It is from the 2015 concert that the mission trip to Korea was first conceptualized. The guest preacher at the fourth Easter Evening concert in 2015, Pastor Jung, was inspired by the band’s performance and moved to invite them to his home country South Korea, to spread the gospel and share in his country’s rich history and culture.

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So on Wednesday June 1st 2016, #EnezaConcert went down at Citam Woodley Church (which is along Ngong Road). It was Madaraka day(a holiday for us here in Kenya where we celebrate our freedom) and despite there being a lot going on, a good number of people found their way there. As soon as you walked to the entrance, you found a wide array of Uncovered band merchandise including wristbands and ‘Eneza’ branded  Tshirts. Pamphlets explaining the conception of  the band, South Korea tour as well as a little about the sponsors taking part in making the concert a success were also in plenty. On the other side of the entrance was a wide variety of snacks and drinks to keep the afternoon hunger pangs at bay. Having been cleared, we made our way into the church sanctuary.

The concert kicked off some minutes to three. Soon after prayer, the performances the crowd was eagerly waiting for kicked off. Vereso took to the stage. Now, Vereso is one very gifted lady who just released her album #WalkOn at Parklands Baptist. Her songs are just able to easily usher you into prophetic realm, like literelly J. Accompanied by her guitarist, she performed some songs off her new album as well as a few renditions to some of the songs that we all knew too well.

A few breaks here and there ensured that the gathering interacted and got to meet new friends. The MC also engaged people in intriguing questions with a lucky few winning themselves some uncovered band merchandise.

Pitson was the second personality on stage. He really got people on their feet with dance styles encapsulated with humor. Soon after the performance he had to rush to Safaricom Stadium, where Groove awards were taking place. He won the best songwriter of the year. Congratulations to him. Well the last act was Uncovered Band who left the crowd in awe at their mastery of so many genres. From worship to Salsa…these group had well prepared themselves for this.

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The church pastor in the end took time to pray for success in their mission to South Korea as they obeyed God’s call to spread the Gospel to the nations.

That wound up the concert as people got time to interact as they took off while taking photos to remember this well spent day. We pray that their mission to South Korea will be of great impact and great testimonies will follow. Watch out for their album release which will be coming your way soon. More photos on>> Let Music Preach KE

#NoOtherWay

TuneDem Band will be launching their new Album #NoOtherWay on 2nd of October at Parklands Baptist Church,Westlands(Youth Tent) from 5:30pm – 8pm!!! Save the date… Entry is Absolutely FREE.. Album Copies will be available at an affordable price, come ready to get your copy and support the band…. Meanwhile, if you want a copy of the album before then ,kindly contact them on 0723045355 / 0725707304

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