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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

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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 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.