KRYSTAAL

KRYSTAAL

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Krystaal is an multi-award winning, multi-talented group of three brothers who excel in various genres of music including R&B/Pop, Gospel, Urban and World (African). They are characterized by their smooth vocal harmonies and their ability to fit almost any audience anywhere in the world.

Biography

Krystaal is an multi-award winning, multi-talented group of three brothers who excel in various genres of music including R&B/Pop, Gospel, Urban and World (African). They are characterized by their tight vocal harmonies and ability to fit almost any audience anywhere in the world.

In 2004, their album “Keep On Standing” was honoured with several awards and nominations including four gospel music MAJA Awards including Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Canadian National Song of the Year; two Canadian Gospel Music Association awards for "Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year" and "Best Urban Song"; and four nominations by Canadian gospel music’s peoples' choice VIBE Awards.

In January of 2005, Krystaal was honoured to perform with Grammy nominated “Fresh IE” for the CBC’s “Canada for Asia” telethon, raising funds for victims of the tsunami that devastated the Asian coast late in December 2004. Appearing on the program with Tom Cochrane, Céline Dion, Anne Murray, Oscar Peterson, RUSH, Bryan Adams, Jann Arden, Tragically Hip, Blue Rodeo, Daniel Lanois, Sloan and many other great Canadian musicians, World Vision reported that they had the highest spike in phone calls and donations immediately after the Fresh IE/Krystaal performance, and Bryan Adams told them that he felt it was the best performance of the entire evening.

In 2005, Krystaal performed in Tanzania Africa before over 100,000 people, a truly amazing experience for the group. Soon afterward, Krystaal toured Belgium, France and England where they were greeted with tremendous responses. In Birmingham England they performed at the Baptist World Congress before 14,000 people from 117 different countries and where former President Jimmy Carter was the keynote speaker.

The group's founders, brothers Michel, Fabian and Aliston Lwamba, came to Canada from Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) having experienced many trials and hardships under a corrupt dictatorship. In 1989, after the Lubumbashi student massacre in Zaire, the Lwambas were separated from each other, living in refugee camps for over five years, leaving many of their relatives for dead. They survived violence, disease, depression and hunger before Michel and Aliston were sponsored and given the opportunity to migrate to Canada, assuming that their brother Fabian had been killed. Fabian was later miraculously reunited with his brothers and other family members in Saskatoon Saskatchewan in 1997. A book entitled "Keep On Standing - The Story of Krystaal" chronicles their amazing journey.

Having formed the music group "Krystaal" in Canada, the Lwambas have become ambassadors for peace and forgiveness, performing all over Canada, the States, Africa and Europe. Plans for 2006 include the release of a nearly completed album and video, as well as tours of Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, England, Uganda and Nigeria.

Lyrics

Stay On The Way

Written By: Aliston Lwamba & Fabian Lwamba

VERSE 1:
THE LORD LIGHTS-UP MY WAY
DURING THE STORMY KIND OF DAY
HIS CROSS HAD ABSORBED MY SHAME
AND PUT DIGNITY ON MY FACE...

HE MADE ME A STAR UP ABOVE THE SKY
THAT I CAN LOOK DOWN AT MY PROBLEM FROM A FAR...

CHORUS:
I WILL FOLLOW YOU FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS
TROUBLE WILL COME BUT I WILL STAY ON THE WAY
I WILL FOLLOW YOU FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS
IF I FALL I'LL GET UP AND CONTINUE MY WAY

VERSE 2:
MY LORD WILL MAKE A WAY
EVEN WHERE THERE IS NO WAY
MY WORLD CAN SOMETIMES CHANGE
BUT MY FAITH WILL NEVER SHAKE...

HE MADE ME A STAR UP ABOVE THE SKY
THAT I CAN LOOK DOWN AT MY PROBLEM FROM A FAR

CHORUS x 2

RAP

OUTRO:
FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS I WILL STAY ON THE WAY (4x)
FOR THE REST OF MY DAYS

Keep On Standing

Written By: Aliston Lwamba, Michel Lwamba, Fabian Lwamba

VERSE 1:
Don't you worry, the wind may blow sometimes
Don't be scared, the world may shake
The bombs may drop, the buildings may be destroyed
Life may be lost and nights may be long
And you've got nothing left to do about it
Just keep on standing 'cause help is on the way

CHORUS:
You'd rather keep on standing
Even when the rocky mountains will be shaken
You'd rather keep on waiting
Even if it takes so long
You'd rather keep on praying
Than to give up and cry
'Cause help is on the way

VERSE 2:
Just remember we are strong
In the Lord, not in ourselves
Temptation is the only way that will prove your faith
Let the wind blow, let the rain fall
Let it snow, don't you run away
Don't you be afraid
You've got to know where the valley is
Before you hit the mountain top

CHORUS

BRIDGE:
When the world is against you
The Lord said He's gonna be by your side
Take courage and give Him your hand
Every is gonna be alright

CHORUS

Discography

"Keep On Standing" - 2003
- MAJA Awards: Artist of the Year, Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Canadian National Song of the Year
- Canadian Gospel Music Association (Covenant) Awards: Contemporary Gospel Album of the Year, Best Urban Song
- VIBE (now SHAI) Awards: four nominations

Set List

Highly flexible. Full sets are a combination of Urban, R&B, Praise & Worship, and World (African)
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Youth: Urban and R&B
Church/Missions: Worship and World (African)
Corporate: R&B and World (African)