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Aaron T Aaron: Aaron T Aaron is a talented worship leader, singer and songwriter, who lives in Hatfield, (England). Born in Nigeria, Aaron served in his parent’s church as the Choir Music Director. Aaron has always had a passion for singing and since 2001 has served at the London Lighthouse Parish of House on the Rock as a worship leader with Hill City Mass choir.

 

 

Toyin Adebola: born in Kano, Nigeria in 1969, Gospel artist Toyin Adebola recorded his first album, ‘No Wind, No Rain’ in 2000 in Lagos.  Two more albums followed in 2005 and Toyin toured extensively throughout the United States to promote his music.  Toyin returned to Nigeria the same year and in December, formed Toyin&Friends, a Gospel group that holds events throughout Nigeria aimed at uniting people through music.

 

Tony Adoki: originally from Rivers State, Nigeria Anthony Adoki has been a praise and worship leader for over 14 years.  An innovative singer and songwriter, Anthony released his debut album “Don’t Give Up” in 2009.  His hit singer “Durotimi” (Stay with me) was number one on Lagos’ Inspirational FM station for several weeks and topped the charts on Cool FM’s Top Ten Countdown.

 

African Children’s Choir: In 1984, in the midst of Uganda’s civil war, human rights activist Ray Barnett was called on to help the many thousands of orphaned and starving children, abandoned and helpless to feed and protect themselves. The only way to make a meaningful difference was to impact the lives of these children, one child at a time. “Inspired by the singing of one small boy, we formed the first African Children’s Choir to show the world that Africa’s most vulnerable children have beauty, dignity and unlimited ability.”

 

Uche Agu: orginally from Onitsha, Nigeria Uche resides in Johannesburg, drawn to the country by their ‘depth, love and passion for music’.  Uche started singing aged four as part of a Children’s Choir and following the release of his hit single ‘Double Double’, now has three Crown Gospel Music Award Nominations to his name.

 

 

 

 

Segun Ajuwon: multi-talented musician and songwriter Segun discovered his musical abilities aged eleven and has since shared the stage with eminent gospel artists including Patti Boulaye, Muyiwa & Riversongz and Mike Aremu.  Segun has performed at London’s Royal Albert Hall and in 2012, released his highly anticipated album ‘High & Lifted Up’, tracks from which are currently enjoying airplay in the United Kingdom.

 

King David Arhen: considered a contemporary of prominent Ghanaian gospel artists includes Josh Laryea and Kwaku Gyasi, King David enjoyed gospel music from an early age and attributes the success of his music to the ‘inspiration’ he gets from life.  Currently living in Maryland, United States King David released his latest album of inspirational music in 2012.

 

 

Victor Atenaga: Nigerian gospel artist who released his debut album ‘You Will Win’ in 2003. Victor Atenaga brings simplicity in his lyrics and expresses himself in his own style. He influences many people in Nigeria in his capacity as a conference speaker, music minister and also in the fields of voice & choir training.

 

 

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Sonnie Badu: Sonnie Badu is a multiple award winning Gospel singer, songwriter, philanthropist, producer, TV presenter and author. He has received numerous honors and accolades for his contribution to the gospel community. These include a BEEFTA award, three awards at the Gospel Music Awards Italy, Best Gospel Male at the British Gospel Music Awards, three awards at the Africa Gospel Music Awards in UK. Best Gospel Artist at the African Music Awards & Best Musician at the GUBA Awards (both held in London).

 

Andrew Bello:  Andrew Bello was born and raised in Nigeria, West Africa. He began singing at the age of 4. As a child, his dream was to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather – ’70s music icon Samuel Adeoshun. Adeoshun was a renowned gospel music composer who became one of the first musicians to record African gospel music on vinyl. Bello received a BRITAFRQUE award in 2010 for his commitment to young people through music & in the same year won a PGM Award for contributing Towards Gospel Music.

 

Nathaniel Bassey: Nathaniel Bassey was born in Lagos, Nigeria and from an early age he developed a love for both music and the gospel after being inspired by seeing Dr Panam Percy Paul in concert. Nathaniel’s debut album ‘Elohim’ was recorded and mixed in Cape Town, South Africa in 2008. It has been described as a spiritual and Artistic masterpiece.

 

BNG:BNG (Brand New Generation) is a group consisting of brothers, Daro and Nosa, and their friend Patrick. BNG have set out to be ambassadors of gospel music with their uncompromised lyrics, sound and style.   Their first album ‘No 4get’ was a massive success and BNG have subsequently started a multi-media company ‘BNG Innovates Ltd’, which has produced state of the art, world class music videos for several notable artists including Midnight Crew, Eben & Ibitayo, to mention a few.

 

Atta Boafo: Atta Boafo is a passionate gospel musician originally from Ghana.   He released his debut album ‘Wo M’akomamu’ (Within My Heart) in 2005, winning the hearts of many with his contemporary style and touching lyrics. Currently based in London, Atta is gradually establishing himself as a prominent gospel artist.  His recently released album ‘Hungry to Worship’ is a soulful blend of contemporary gospel with an African touch.

 

Kenny Saint Brown:Kenny Saint Brown started her music career as a member of her school choir.  Kenny released her debut album in 1998 entitled ‘Totality’ and in 2003, her highly anticipated follow-up album ‘Kum-ba-yah’, for which Kenny received a KORA Award for Best West African Female Gospel Singer and a nomination for Best Female African Gospel Singer of the year.  The overwhelming success of ‘Kum-ba-yah’ has made Kenny one of Nigeria’s mainstream artists, while staying true to gospel.

 

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Angela Chibalonza:Angela Chibalonza Runiga was born in 1976 in Bukavu, Eastern Congo-Kinshasa.  In 1996 Angela moved to Kenya to pursue a music career and two years later had released two successful albums.  Angela’s music was well received across the Kiswahili-speaking eastern and central region of Africa and in 2004, she was nominated for a KORA Award for Best Gospel Female Artist.  Tragically, on September 22, 2007 Angela, her driver, Kennedy Aluoch, and vocalist, Nimrod Makori, were killed in a road accident at Kinale.

 

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Dawn: Dawn Lulu Briggs is a gospel singer-songwriter, music healer and inspirational speaker.  Classically trained, Dawn has said that she was born to sing, so it is something innate which she needs to do to survive.  Having performed worldwide, the UK based Nigerian artist has recently released her first single “You’re with me” from her upcoming album, now available on iTunes.

 

Benjamin Dube: Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1962, Benjamin released his first live album ‘I Feel like Going On’ with Harmony Records in New York and has since released fifteen albums, three of which have sold platinum and gold.  Benjamin received the Gospel Legend Awards in 2008 from the MTN-SAMA Awards and now owns Dube Connection, a record label that helps develop young talent with partners Sony BMG and Spirit Music.

 

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Eben: Emmanuel Benjamin, popularly known as Eben, is a gospel rock artist from Nigeria.  Eben started singing in the youth choir of Winners’ Chapel in 1997 and later established himself as one of the main vocalists in the mass choir, becoming a regular feature in the annual Shiloh events from 1999-2005.  Eben released his debut album ‘On the Rock’ in 2006 and his Afrocentric rock style has endeared him to millions worldwide.  Eben is currently working on his second album and plans to tour South African and the United Kingdom within the year.

 

Frank Edwards: Frank Edwards (aka Rich Boy) is a Nigerian gospel musician. His debut album The Definition was released in 2008. The second was Angels on the Runway in 2010 and his third album Unlimited was released in 2011. His latest album “tagjam” was released in November 2011 which he specially made for teenagers and the young at heart.

 

 

Eva: With a long line of award nominations and recognition, Eva is no doubt one of Nigeria’s strongest voices. Since 1998 she has been gradually making her way in and out of Nigeria with her smooth yet powerful and husky vocals. In 2006 she caught the eye of the media and the public with her deep and soulful single “No Cry’’.

 

 

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Father’s Heart Children’s Choir: Founded by Geoffrey Tomusange, the FHCC consists of more than forty children from Northern Uganda and the slums of Kampala who are without opportunity or access to education and schools.  The choir performs across Uganda with the aim to raise the next generation of Ugandan children through song, so that they themselves can become catalysts for change in Uganda.

 

Anthony Faulkner: International Recording Artist Anthony Faulkner was born in the United States of America. He received his introduction to music by platinum selling artist Angela Winbush. Anthony trained in musical theater and voice at the Alexander Hamilton Academy of Music in Beverly Hills, California. Anthony has toured Ghana with Andrae Crouch, Europe with Rickey Grundy, South Africa with Joyous Celebration, and Uganda with G-Way.

 

 

Funke:  Funke Akinokun is a gospel artiste from Lagos, Nigeria. Married to Tayo Akinokun she is a mother of four boys. She has a strong passion for singing, which she has been doing since she was 10 years old. Her first album titled “His Praise” was released in 2009 and was inspired by God.

 

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Jimmy Gait:James Ngaita Ngigi aka Jimmy Gait was born in 1980 in Kenya. His passion and talent for music was evident from a young age and he has subsequently the most sought after gospel artist in Kenya.  Jimmy has released three albums and been nominated for Kisima and Groove Awards.  In addition to a success music career, Jimmy is the founder of Make It or Make It Campaign, a youth employment program that seeks to motivate young people to achieve their goals.

 

 

Tim Godfrey: A music director with mastery, a voice instructor, producer, and songwriter whose gifts have brought him success and spiritual fulfillment. Tim Godfrey and the Xtreme Crew have performed professionally across Nigeria and toured in US as well as performing alongside many other big names in the Gospel Music scene.

 

 

G-Way: Blessed with some of the greatest voices in the music industry in East Africa, G-Way is steadily emerging from the highly competitive gospel scene in Kampala. G-Way has made a mark in progressive gospel styles and has crossed all stylistic and social age barriers with their unique music. Drawing on a range of music that extends from classic kwaito to afro-beat and neo soul, G-Way’s personality transcends their music and has earned them a multiplicity of loyal fans internationally.

 

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Diana Hamilton: Ghanaian singer Diana Hamilton has become one of Africa’s most talked-about Gospel talents across the world. Her debut album, ‘Osoro be kasa’ hit the music charts in Ghana in 2007, but it was her second album ‘Ensi Wo Yie’ that catapulted her into prominence, winning numerous awards. She is now a regular host on OHTV’s (SKY 199) “Africa Rising” and has performed on several Christian Networks.

 

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Ibiyemi: Ibiyemi was born in 1981 in San Francisco, California, to the Ajakaiye family of Kogi state in Northern Nigeria.  Like many Gospel artists before her, Ibiyemi’s love affair with music took off while singing in a church choir. In 2006 her first single ‘Can You Love Me?’ hit the airwaves in Abuja rising to number one within weeks, beginning a new chapter. Her highly anticipated debut album ‘Love Always Wins’ was realesd in 2010 and has garnered critical aclaim.

 

Infinity: A popular Nigerian group made up of Kehinde Akinbode, Joe Okougbo, David Thomas, Samson Nnogo and Sunny Steve. Their breakthrough was debut album ‘Olori Oko’, which was their third attempt to release a disc. The video for the song ‘Olori Oko’ topped numerous categories at the 2007 Nigerian Music Video Awards.

 

 

Man Ingwe:Born Anderson Ambini, Man Ingwe is a Kenyan gospel artist based in Nairobi. Man won numerous awards for best tenor and soloist at a national level while at school and in 2000, despite studying biochemistry, Man performed as a tenor and dance soloist in drama and music festivals.  He has since released two video albums and recorded three studio albums.  He aims to be Africa’s finest gospel singer, saturating the media with what he calls ‘inspiring, entertaining and educative’ music.

 

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Pastor J:  A Pastor, Singer, Rapper, Dancer, Poet and Businessman, this Renaissance man does it all. Pastor J realized that there was a general perception that gospel music was substandard when compared to the general music industry. With a mandate to change this belief as well as present Christ in a way that is understood by this generation, Pastor J got into the studio and his debut album “My Life” was born.

 

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Alice Kamande: Alice Kamande is gospel singer and songwriter from Kenya.  Her love of music started aged seven when she started to write her own songs.  A former Engineering student Alice left university to pursue her music career and in 2009 she released her first single “Wewe Pekee” (You Alone) with brother-in-law and producer Robert ‘R-Kay’.  The song and video performed well and Alice was in the charts and the talking point the gospel music industry.

 

Kambua: Born and raised in Kenya, Kambua is a budding artist in the world of afro-fused gospel music. Kambua’s love for music was evident from a tender age and has developed into a career over the years. She has also been the voice for commercials such as Delmonte, Mumias Sugar, and Sunlight. With lots in store that will reflect the growth of this young artist, “The sky is not the limit” she says, “There are no limits to what you can do when you are set free!”.

 

Judy Karanja: Judy Karanja has been in full time ministry, as a Praise and Worship Leader since 1996. She has worked as a volunteer with Word of Life Kabete, on staff at Jerry Savelle Ministries International, Emmanuel Church and now Co-Pastors Greater Glory Church with her husband.

 

 

 

Kasid: Born Emmanuel Ntui, Kasid is a Nigerian based performing/recording artist who spans many genres with his music. Kasid recently released is debut album titled ‘Man On Fire Rebirth’ after a long run of performances over the years in numerous gospel concerts within Nigeria.  He has the vision of impacting the world with the convictions that has brought him this far via the message contained in his music.

 

Kenny K’ore: Kehinde Olumide Akinbode, a former member of the multiple award winning gospel band ‘Infinity,’ is a gifted and versatile singer/songwriter. He is a pioneering gospel artist who has influenced the commercial evolution of Gospel music in the entertainment industry in Nigeria, fusing Afro and western influences in his music. His affinity for alternative rock music, ‘afro centric vocalisms’ and strong use of the Yoruba language garnishes his sound.

 

Kenyan Boys Choir: The Kenyan Boys Choir are a group of 25 school boys from various backgrounds and tribes who have been given the chance by their inspirational founder Joseph Muyale for a better life through their magical music. They were invited to perform at US president Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony where their stunning and uplifting music of joy and hope brought them to the attention of the world.

 

Emmy Kosgei: The
gifted Emmy Kosgei was born in 1980 in Kelelwa

Described as richly African with melodious instrumentals and inspiring messages, Emmy started recording her first album “Katau Banda” in 2005, followed by “Kaswech” and then “Taunet”. Undoubtedly one of the most successful African gospel artistes in the industry, Emmy was awarded the coveted Head of State Commendation (HSC) and was asked to performe ‘Taunet Nelel’ at the historic Promulgation of the New Constitution in Kenya.

 

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Ladysmith: Ladysmith are an all-male South African a cappella singing group, assembled in the early 1960s in Durban South Africa. By special invitation from South African President Nelson Mandela, they performed for the Queen of England and the Royal Family at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The group has also performed at two Nobel Peace Prize Ceremonies, a concert for Pope John Paul II in Rome, the South African Presidential inaugurations, the 1996 Summer Olympics and many other special events.

 

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Solly Mahlangu:Solly Vusi Mahlangu was born and raised in the Tembisa Township in Eastrand, South Africa.  From an early age Solly was singing at conferences, schools, youth camps and gospel events internationally and in his first year as a recording artist, received the award for Best Album at the SABC Gospel Crown Awards.  Solly is credited with having shaped, expanded and redefined the gospel genre.

 

 

 

Makoma:Makoma is an award-winning gospel, pop, R&B and dance music group originating from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo  and established in the Netherlands.   The group consists of siblings Nathalie Makoma, Annie Makoma, Pengani Makoma, Tutala Makoma, Duma Makoma, Martin Makoma and family friend Patrick Badine.  Their debut album, Nzambe Na Bomoyi was released in 2000 followed in 2002, by On Faith.  The same year Makoma won the Best African Group at the Kora African Music Awards.

 

 

Rebecca Malope:Known as the Queen of Gospel, Rebecca recorded her first album ten years ago and is now South Africa’s biggest selling local artist.   She has released 32 albums in a music career spanning more than twenty years and currently hosts the TV show ‘It’s Gospel Time’.  In 2003 Rebecca received the award for Best Gospel Singer at the KORA All African Music Awards.  She is said to be former President Nelson Mandela’s favourite singer.

 

 

 

Rubi Mamoss: Kenya Gospel artist Rubi Mamoss divides her time between music and hosting a talk show on MNET in which she interviews people who have had life-changing encounters.

 

 

 

 

Manie X: Grew up in Nigeria, and attended the University of Lagos. He released his debut album ‘Change Something’ in 2008. He thinks of his music as “conscious music, in that I want to contribute positively to the way we live our lives”.

 

 

 

Midnight Crew:Patricia Uwaje King, Gbenga Oyebola, Odunayo Ojo and Michael Abdul  founding members of Midnight Crew, a Nigerian gospel group established in 2001. Having served in a number of choirs over the years, amassing a wealth of experience, Midnight Crew’s music is eclectic, robust and full of character, taking something from every genre of music.  Well respected in the industry, the group have enjoyed several enviable platforms alongside gospel greats around the world.

 

 

Modele: This gospel artist’s music is a blend of Jazz and Soul with a touch of Reggae riding on traditional African rhythm. She combines inspirational, motivational songs characterized by a strong sense of personal style and an immense depth of lyrical content, woven together in musical pieces.  She says “When I write songs, I do so with the aim of reaching the soul of the listener, striking a chord in their hearts and bringing buried emotions to the surface, so they can be dealt with”.

 

Vuyo Mokoena: Before making an impact in the late 90s, Mokoena was known as gospel diva Rebecca Malope’s associate, until he decided to embark on a solo career. He began his music career with an amateur Afro-pop group Melodi in Springs, on the East Rand. He then became a professional musician, joining the popular group Pure Magic in the 90s. Vuyo sadly died from cancer in 2009.

 

 

Annastacia Muli: Annastacia is an upcoming gospel singer/songwriter who grew up in Kitui district of Eastern Kenya. The Seventh of nine siblings, Annastacia started singing at the age of ten  in village functions and traditional weddings.  Although she is without formal training, Annastacia released her debut album with the help of a friend in the UK, who helped get it on iTunes and Amazon as well as on Jango radio.

 

Gloria Muliro: Originally from Bunyore, Kenya celebrated gospel singer Gloria Muliro has released three albums since her breakthrough in 2005.  Her hit single ‘Yesu Iroma’ was well received across the airwaves and her collaboration with Willy Paul on ‘Sitolia’ even more so.  In addition to gospel music, Gloria is actively involved with children, youth, widow and orphan’s ministries in Kenya.

 

Beatrice Muniu: 

Beatrice Muniu’s songs plainly echo from her homeland, Africa. Her debut album New Beginnings, released in 2001, include songs in Swahili and her powerful voice, at times, is reminiscent of Angelique Kidjo or a young Miriam Makeba. Beatrice has performed alongside Ron Kenoly, Sonnie Badu, Muyia and Riversongz  and toured the UK extensively, performing at the Greenbelt Festival in 2003.  In 2009 Beatrice was nominated for Best Femal Artist at the Talanta Africa Awards, Atlanta and again the following year at the African Music Awards, London.

 

Mtawalis Band:The Mtawalis Band was started by Alfred Mtawali, guitar player and singer/songwriter, his brother Ambrose Kazungu,  on bass guitar, his sister Rehema Kazungu,  a soprano, dummer Amani Baya and singers Nancy Pendo, Sharon Ndinda Lizzy Chikuta, Steven Mzungu. They have created a sound that is uniquely Kenyan with an inspirational message at its heart.

 

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Eunice Njeri: Eunice Njeri is a Gospel Artist from Nairobi Kenya. Eunice discovered her passion for music at an early age, participating in school music events throughout her school-life. By the time she was in high school, she was leading the school’s choir, and writing many of her songs. Produced by Billy Frank for Princecam Media, Bwana Yesu was released in early 2007.

 

 

David Nkennor: Author of ‘Without Restriction’ and ‘We Want More’, David Nkennor is amongst Nigeria’s most prolific inspirational leaders and singer/songwriters. Based in Lagos, Nigeria, David began his music career as a member of a six man acapella group, but now tours  across the nation with the likes of B.O.U.Q.I, Olufunmi and Eben. David’s live debut DVD was well receieved in 2009 and he is currently working on a second album.

 

Eben Ntreh: Eben Ntreh, from Ghana, is an electric bassist, vocalist and band leader. Eben played with some of the top bands in Ghana and Nigeria, and performed locally in Ghana with his own jazz band, Fabeja. Upon coming to the United States of America in 2001, Eben quickly became involved in the church community. He established several youth and children’s music education programs that have led to the development of a full vocal and instrumental music ministry for worship services, Sunday school, and Bible study.

 

Caro Nyce: Kenyan Gospel artist Caro Nyce hails from Nairobi, Kenya.  She graduated in 2006 from the Kenya Conservatoire of Music and aims to entertain, uplift and inspire through her music, as well as making you want to dance! Caro also has a clothing line called Konjo wear.

 

 

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Pete Odera:Pete Odera, born Nairobi Kenya, is a well established East African gospel artiste and musician, who  was influential in establishing contemporary gospel music in East Africa. Considered by the industry as the God Father of contemporary gospel music Pete helped found two of the leading contemporary gospel groups in east Africa, Triumph and later, the barrier breaking Hart Quartet.

 

 

Hannah Ogunlowo:Hannah Ogunlowo is a British Nigerian contemporary gospel singer and songwriter. The second of six siblings, Hannah found her passion for gospel music singing in the House of Praise Youth Choir, for which she was lead singer. Hannah has released a series of albums and now hosts a weekly show on gospel radio station ‘One Voice’, which plays gospel and inspirational music.

 

 

 

Rosy Ohon: A Gospel artist born on November 9, 1979, in Nairobi, Kenya, Rosy is married to Donald Ohon and has three children; Hope Danielle, Joy Maranatha and Imani Hadassah.

 

 

 

 

Victor Olayeni:Victor Olayeni is  an inspirational leader, who started his music career as a drummer. He later took to singing and has not looked back since.  Victor released his debut single in 2003 followed by a double album entitled ‘Life & Worship – Chapter I & II’. It is deeply rich in content, with a huge contemporary African feel for which Victor is widely known.

 

Moji Olusoji: Moji is a performing and recording Gospel Artiste who was born in Okitipupa, Ondo State, Nigeria. She started writing songs back in the late 80’s. She started music professionally in 2007 with the release of her debut album titled ‘All Nations”. The second album is a collection of genres including Hip hop & Rock. One of her tracks from this second album, ‘He’s Real’ is enjoying air play at various radio and television stations in Nigeria ,UK, South Africa & Canada.

 

Kayode Olusoji:The award winning artist Kayode Olusoji started his musical career in 1996 when he founded “The El-Shaddai Voices”. Despite having released two albums,‘The Unchanging God’ in 2003 and ‘Arise’ in 2007,  Kayode’s music only recently received the recognition it deserved with ‘Gidi Gan’in 2011, which features a pioneering style of music known as ‘Afro Contempo Gospo Music’ . This is a style of music rich in African tunes and spiced with a contemporary flavour.

 

Daddy Owen: Born Owen Mwatia, Daddy Owen is a Kenyan gospel musician. He is known for the Kapungala type of music, which he claims is a fusion of Kapuka and Lingala. In 2010, he received the Best Anglophone award during the MTV Africa Music Awards for the song Tobina. Before becoming a musician, Daddy Owen was an accomplished artist.

 

 

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Keke Phoofolo: Gospel Singing sensation Keke Phoofolo, was born and raised in Pimville, Soweto. The singer once had a zeal to be in the military, but Gospel music took over that aspiration and he started his career with Zoe Gospel Music in 1994 as a backing vocalist. As a result, he competed at the “Shell Road to Fame” in Sun City 1997 as a soloist. Keke Phoofolo got the opportunity to go on tour with Benjamin Dube in 1999 before joining “Joyous Celebration 5” in 2000-2001 as one of the choirs lead singers.

 

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Rebecca: As a brutal rebel war devastated her native country Sierra Leone, Rebecca moved to London in the late 1990s as a refugee when she was still in her teens. Rebecca has won several gospel awards in the UK. She has performed in the same stage with US gospel megastars Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, and Cece Winnans.

 

 

Pastor Rhymes: Allan Muriithi is the founder and director of See The Star international – a non profit, non denominational organization with the aim of promoting human dignity. He is also a motivational speaker, youth counsellor and gospel musician.

 

 

 

Rufftone:Ray Smith Mwatia aka Rufftone became interested in music in High School.  Inspired by Afro music & ragga Rufftone exploded onto the gospel music scene in 2001, with legions of fans across east Africa.  Arguably one of the finest and most consistent gospel artists in Kenya, Rufftone was nominated for Male Artist of the Year and Gospel Artist of the Year at the KORA Awards in 2003 and the following year, International Artist of the Year at the America Gospel Music Awards.  Older brother to gospel singer Daddy Owen, Rufftone owns Lampsand Records and  his own clothing line – Ruff-Wear International.

 

 

Tete Runiga: Sister of the late Angela Chibalonza, Tete joined her gospel music band in 2007 and moved from Congo to Nairobi. She had a calling to music and was determined to use the opportunity to exploit and hone her talents.Since her sister’s tragic death, Tete has been working hard recording the album they worked on together and is steering the band to greater heights.

 

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Seyi Solagbade:A talented singer/songwriter and producer, Oluseyi Solagbade is a Nigerian musician whose experience in the different genres of music in West Africa gave birth to authentic futuristic music. With over twenty years experience as a professional musician, Seyi started his career as a soloist.  He is now a founding member of the Blackface Band, which offers a unique blen of Hi Life, Jazz and Afro beat for a truly authentic sound.

 

 

 

Simply Chrysolite: Simply Chrysolite is a quadruple award winning, Durban based, gospel girl-band. Simply Chrysolite is made up of six young ladies from KwaZulu-Natal: Pretty, Thab’zo, Mabongi, Dolce, Thabiso and Phumzile.

 

 

 

Soweto Gospel Choir:The Soweto Gospel Choir was formed to celebrate the unique and inspirational power of African gospel music. The 52-strong choir, under the direction of Beverly Bryer, draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto. The choir is dedicated to sharing the joy of gospel music with audiences around the world.  In 2002 their first album “Voices of Heaven” was recorded and went on to reach the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Music Chart within 3 weeks of its release in the US.

 

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Theodora: Theodora is a UK based African gospel singer/songwriter. Her inspiring message will lift
your spirit up and her fusion of reggae, African rhythm and modern sound will
surely get you on your feet. The Theodora Gospel Ministry  was established to unite people through gospel
music and offer outreach programmes those in without resources or opportunity.
Through her music, Theodora brings messages of encouragement, hope and comfort.

 

TolumiDE: Born in Canada, raised in Nigeria, currently based in Washington D.C., TolumiDE is an award winning R&B/Soul/Afro-Pop, World Fusion Singer-Songwriter. While in Canada, she was part of a Dancehall/Reggae/RnB/HipHop all female band ‘Women Ah run Tings’. She is a 4 time Canadian Reggae Award nominee.

 

 

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Vincent & Serge: A group of two young Rwandan artists from Kigali who sing Gospel songs in the styles of RnB, Pop and Salsa.

 

 

 

 

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Esther Wahome:  Esther Wahome HSC was discovered by Kenya Broadcasting Corporation while singing in church in 1993, and many years down the line she has matured unto a multiple award winning, International recording and performing artist, a music producer and a T.V presenter. Esther has 9 albums to her credit, and has travelled and performed in different parts of Africa, America, Europe and Asia.

 

 

Mercy Wairegi: Mercy
Wairegi is a Kenyan gospel singer akin to contemporary gospel singers incuding
Christine Ndela.She has released two albums, ‘Kama Sio Wewe’  and ‘Wewe Ni Nuru’, which include reggae
styled gospel songs that will leave you asking for more.

 

 

 

 

Jael Wiafe: An Accra native, Jael Wiafe started her music career at the age of twelve accompanying
Ghanaian gospel singers on tour. Now a prolific youth leader, author, actress
and inspirational speaker, Jael has released three albums to date.  Her second album entitled ‘Bohye’ was an
instant hit in Ghana with ‘W’agyeme’ featuring Nana Ya Asare, a top gospel act
in Ghana. Jael is the first female rapper in Ghana and leading member of the
hip gospel movement, a fusion of African, Caribbean and western rap.

 

 

 

Unique Wanjiku: Unique Wanjiku is an urban contemporary Kenyan gospel artist whose music aims to unite through faith

 

 

 

 

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Zaza: Zanela “Zaza” Mokheti was born in Kwa-Thema. She started singing at the early age of 3, and by 19 she was a backing vocalist for renowned gospel artists such as Rebecca Malope. She then went on to perform with the successful gospel choir “Joyous Celebration 12″, performing the smash hit “Namhla Nkosi” which took South African gospel by storm. Zaza has now recorded her debut gospel album ” Umoya Oyingcwele” under the wings of Masego Productions and Spirit Music.

 

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4 Seasons Band:The 4 Seasons Band is a Jazz/World music group comprising of friends and musicians. The band’s debut album ‘Sound of Light’, featuring a wide musical spectrum including African rhythms to African Caribbean and funk,captures the spirit of the band: their energy, passion and soul.

 

 

 

6team: 6team is an extraordinary gospel and inspirational music group, which was founded in 1999. 6team are based in Lagos Nigeria, and after producing their first single ‘Mu Mi Dele’ in 2002, the group recorded a 10-track album with the same title. The group have had the privilege of being invited to major events around Nigeria and the United Kingdom.