Redemption Tour

Redemption Tour

 Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
BandChristianGospel

In more than 3 decades Redemption tour vocalists and composers have been an integral, innovative and bestselling part of African contemporary gospel music. They pay homage to great African and American songwriters of the 21st century whose masterful work inspired them as diverse afro fusion artists.

Biography

Redemption tour Artists are global humanitarians lead by the scripture in the book of James 1:27 which says that; religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. Each of the artists in the band has encountered some of the most needy children of God accros the world. Krystaal is an 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 an ability to fit any audience anywhere in the world.

In 2004, their album “Keep On Standing” was honored 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 honored 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. Also appearing on the program were 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 after, 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 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.

Esther is a young woman who has survived thriving in a culture where girls are never allowed opportunities. These girls are mutilated and sold as brides every 10 seconds according to NPR world news. Jentar's background exposed her to suffering children that had been abandoned and orphaned by HIV/AIDS in Africa. The tour was born to support the cause that rescues mutilated and trafficked childbrides. In the month of November 2010 Esther Gatuma who is the main champion of the cause was honored by Oprah Winfrey and rewarded with the Ultimated favourite things for rescuing and rehabilitaling hundreds of child brides in Kenya. Proceeds from the tour have rescued hundreds of girls especialy in the month of December 2010 when the media reported that girls were seeking refuge in the forest. Dana Davin's best selling book called Living Isaiah 30:18 has been a very powerful work book for rescued child brides. The book has been a blessing in bringing hope and healing to these children after suffering some years of abuse.

Discography

Krystaal's Singles; Hakuna, Agnus Dei, Keep On Standing

Esther's singles; Great Day, Jesus you are the one, When you Dance