Gospel Fathers hip hop trio comprised of Kera, Samu and Ken. The group disbanded to pursue varied interest after releasing their second album in 2009. They had been together for 5 years, a period that saw them achieve international as well as national acclaim. In June 2005, they were nominated for ‘Best International Artists’ in the American Gospel Music Awards held in New York as well as featuring in the Kora Award winning remix with fellow hip- hop act DNG for the song Sina Madeni in 2004.
Gospel fathers are also known for tracks such as Fundi wa Mbao, Kiama and Nishapata Mpenzi.
“They were one of the Pioneers of Gospel Music in Kenya!” Kichwatah reminisces. “I loved Siku Ya Kiama! Their music is timeless!”
Rapper So Real agrees with him in saying, “Gospel Fathers stamped the Urban Gospel space in Kenya. Their biggest classic, Tukisema Gospel mnawika, has always been that jam you would go crazy soon as it played. Ingenious production by Ennovator (currently known as Tim Rimbui), great sing-alongs, and catchy rhymes, Gospel Fathers gave the industry a breath of fresh air.”
MC Othole remembers them as “a group of saved young Kenyan men that took Gospel rap music to another level. They were very passionate in their work and gave it all.” A song that he says he cannot forget is Madeni.
“Gospel Fathers is my all time favourite group to date,” rapper Dan Gee says. “Apart from Mtaa Mentality, Sina Madeni is the only Kenyan album I play from start to end without skipping a single jam. What comes to mind when someone mentions Gospel Fathers is their electrifying performances at TSO and H3W events. My favourite songs from the group have got to be Haffi Giddem and Tukisema Gospel.”
DJ Sadic echos these words by saying, “They revolutionised the urban gospel Hip Hop scene. My favourite song has to be We affi Giddem.”
“The name Gospel Fathers is a name I can’t ever forget!” says Dunco. “These guys revolutionised what is the gospel industry as is. The name itself makes me want to jump and whisk my imaginary dreads back and forth! I was honoured to perform alongside them on numerous occasion and them being my friends what can I say! The talent that they exhumed was enormous from Kerah’s vocal ability to his brother Samu’s power lyrics and not to mention Mr. Mapoz himself, Ken.”
He continues, “I can’t lie, each song did it for me in different seasons of my life. What got to me was the power and command of the stage in every performance they did.”
Dunco wonders what would have become of them had they decided to stay home.
Gospel Fathers joined up with another group, Jogg-C to form a bigger group called Zaidi ya Mziki. Zaidi ya Mziki produced hits like Kiama and Kilio.
Watch Kiama below:
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