August had its fair share of international acts and September has been even more epic.
Momentum conference 2017 hosted another Zambian artiste; Pompi (last year they had Abel Chungu Musuka). Pompi was part of an Instameet on Saturday 26th August afternoon at Rosslyn Riviera mall and later made a guest appearance at Worship in the Wild 3. Watch the snippet below of his acapella performance at WITW3:
The main concert was on Sunday August 27th 2017 at Karura Community Chapel. Pitson, Bigman and Recapp were the opening acts and they did a good job at it. Pompi was also handed the Groove Award for Best Southern Africa Artist Of the year by the Zambian Ambassador to Kenya Brenda Muntemba.
Donnie McClurkin was in Nairobi at the end of August for the Daughters of Zion (DOZ) convention hosted by Jubilee Christian Church Kenya. His tour climaxed with a free concert on 2nd September 2017 dubbed #WorshipWithDonnie at JCC Parklands featuring Sammie Okposo (from Nigeria), Mercy Masika and Bigman.
Hillsong United during their inaugural Kenyan tour visited Dagoretti High School and had a sold out worship night at Citam Karen on Saturday 9th September 2017 evening. They were accompanied by Hillsong South Africa Lead Pastor Phil Dooley. Mercy Masika, Everlyn Wanjiru and Mwanga Band were the opening acts. Their Kenyan tour was hosted by Hope media Kenya, groove networks, Mosound events and film studios.
Now on Sunday 24th September Relentless 2017 is going down at Nairobi Chapel, Ngong Road. The International acts include Mali Music, Da’ Truth and Lilly Million. Get to know them a little better in the next few lines.
Kortney Jamaal Pollard (born January 12, 1988) who performs under the stage name Mali Music is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter and producer. Pollard was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He learned to play the piano at age 5 and at age 11 was active in the ministry of music in his church. His two independently released albums, The Coming (2008) and The 2econd Coming (2009), earned him much critical and underground acclaim. In 2011, he was the first inspirational artist to be a part of BET’s acclaimed “Music Matters” series.
Signed to RCA Records in 2013, Mali released the single “Beautiful” in anticipation of his first major album release Mali Is… which was released on June 17, 2014 and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album. In 2016, Mali Music issued the single “Digital” in advance of the release of his fourth studio long-player, The Contradiction of Mali, which dropped in early 2017.
Dubbed South Africa’s Tracy Chapman – Lilly Million is soon to be a forced to be reckoned with in the African music industry. Her music is along the lines of Folk/Soulful rock. After two years in the making, and after 3 singles “Frontlines” “Better Things” and soulful ballad “Tell Me You Love Me” on heavy rotation in South Africa Lilly had the opportunity to dip her feet in the music industry water piquing the interest of audiences and the industry in general, and finally released her debut album on Love, Truth & Freedom in 2012. The bohemian folk singer caught the attention of record executives in 2010 at an impromptu performance in Melville. The label, Electromode, were intrigued by Lilly’s off-the-wall presence and unique voice. There was certainly no other young black female in this country performing folk music, and if so, certainly not with this level of passion, distinctive vocal delivery and lyrical poetry!
Between 2011 and 2012, Lilly Million has already performed at both the White Mountain Festival, Oppikoppi, Hansa Festival of Legends and Jacaranda Pops and has been working the live circuit in Gauteng with her 4 piece band. She has performed alongside the likes of The Muffinz, Nothende, Khaya Mthethwa, Arno Carstens, David van Vuuren and Doctor Victor to name a few. Lilly also collaborated with Teargas on the song “Forgive Me” on their latest release “Number Number”. Lilly Million has been compared to the legendary likes of Tracy Chapman which sets a high standard which her debut album “On Love, Truth & Freedom” manages to deliver. It is a fusion of her love of organic folk and powerful pop and soulful rock, lyrically questioning truth, politics, current affairs, freedom and of course, love.
In 2014 after coming to firm grips with her faith Lilly Million decided to take a leap and move into Christian Contemporary music. She left her previous label and has gone on to join the Christian Entertainment powerhouse – Fresh Impressions. Lilly has collaborated with Abel Chungu (Zambia) on the song “Superman Stronger” which his latest album release ‘Love Unleashed’. She has also performed alongside highly recognised acts including Janette…Ikz and Ezikiel Azonwu of P4CM, DJ Eazy and touring with Da T.R.U.T.H as part of the Celebration of One line on December 2014. Lilly has also since recorded and released her first gospel offering entitled “A Traveller’s Rest” which tackles the rocky road walked by believers while still maintaining her original, authentic and quirky sound.
Besides music Lilly is also a qualified Scriptwriter and budding director and wrote directed both her music videos for “Frontlines” and “Tell Me You Love Me” which managed to achieve rotation on SABC3, ETV and Channel O. She has also directed music videos for other local artists including Tuks Senganga “Let me Live now”, Notshi – “Birthday weekend” as well as D-skwad – “end of the month”.
One of her greatest achievements is the Mzansi Gospel Award Lilly received for “Best Female artist of the year” in 2015 for her acoustic EP entitled “A Traveller’s Rest”. This budding star definitely has a lot to offer in entertainment industry and is set to shine for a very long time. If you have never listened to Lilly Million, do not waste another minute. Lilly’s rich poetic lyrics expressively framed in simple melodies is bound to capture your attention.
Philadelphia’s Emanuel Lee Lambert, Jr. known on stage as Da’ T.R.U.T.H. is the forerunning artist in Christian Rap. This Cross Movement protégé is an urban missionary who is decorated with honors and accolades in music, an educated teacher of the Word and a continually evolving entity with an enthralling desire to impact a generation with the truth. Receiving Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a very young age, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. listened to contemporary Christian music but never had an interest in rap music although finding elements of the culture appealing. He began playing drums as a teen and discovered a natural deft for rhyming when stumbling into free-style rap. This innate skill led to Da’ T.R.U.T.H. co-founding a Christian Hip Hop group NIV and acquiring the first moniker of Truth. From there the urban missionary was birthed.
He released his first album under Cross Movement Records named Moment of Truth (April 6, 2004). The Faith is the second solo album from Christian hip hop artist Da’ T.R.U.T.H., released on September 13, 2005. On July 10th 2007 he released his third album Open Book. In 2009 Da’ T.R.U.T.H. released his fourth album called The Big Picture which features collaborations with Kirk Franklin, Trip Lee, and Tye Tribbett. This project hit No. 1 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel Chart on the day it came out, also reaching No. 1 on the CMTA R&B/Hip Hop Chart, No 2 on the Billboard Gospel chart, and No 4 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian chart during release week. His fifth album was titled The Whole Truth (September 13,2011); sixth was Love Hope War(January 29, 2013); seventh was Heartbeat (April 15,2014) and eighth was It’s Complicated(June 3 2016)
A graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University and The Institute of Jewish Studies, the vanguard rapper received a 2007 Stellar Award for Rap/Hip Hop Gospel CD of the Year for THE FAITH. That album was highlighted by Da’ T.R.U.T.H. co-producing and even playing keyboards and drums accentuating his credence that “artistry should never be place on the altar for the sake of the message – instead, it should heighten it potency.”
2009 brought about a Stellar Award and Grammy nomination for OPEN BOOK. Continuing this impressive streak, he captured a 2010 Stellar Award for THE BIG PICTURE which also reaped Grammy and Dove Award nominations. THE BIG PICTURE was the first Christian Hip Hop CD to debut in the #1 spot on the iTunes Christian and Gospel chart and Da Truth’s second debut at #2 on the Billboard Gospel Charts. Da’ T.R.U.T.H. continued to establish his place as a hit maker being featured on two top 10 singles (Radio and Records Christian Rhythmic Chart) with label-mates The Ambassador (“Feels Good”) and Flame (“LADIES”).
Featured on Kirk Franklins “Hero” world tour alongside duo Mary Mary, Da’ T.R.U.T.H. has toured extensively making appearances at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ MegaFest, Christian Music’s premiere music festival Creation Fest, Rap Fest, Flavor Fest and many others. He also garnered television appearances and performances on the 24th Annual Stellar Awards, MTV’s My Super Sweet 16, BET’s Lift Every Voice, TBN, Daystar and Gospel Music Channel.
Although decorated with awards and honors and a respected catalog of hit singles and records, the real fruit of Da’ T.R.U.T.H.’s labor is in the lives of the people who have been exposed to his ministry.
Relentless 2017 will be happening at the Nairobi Chapel Hyper Dome on Sunday the 24th of September from 2pm onward. Come and experience Grammy nominated Gospel superstars Mali Music and Da TRUTH, as well as South Africa’s Lilly Million, our very own Noel Nderitu and DJ GG blazing the decks. Relentless 2017 is brought to you by Tamar Ventures in partnership with Kubamba Radio, Nairobi Chapel and Groove Networks. Advance tickets go for Ksh.500/= and gate tickets at Ksh.1,000/= Group Ticket for 5pax are going for Ksh. 2,000/=
Grab your tickets on https://mymookh.com/tickets/event/448
Update: Relentless concert was indefinitely postponed after the loss of Mali’s passport
Article Written by: Phoenix