By Marvin Kimani
On the 24th of March 2018, Living Legacy Movement (LLM) hosted an event called ’Look at God’. This was the official launch of the well-received EP by all three LLM artists known as ‘The Kingsmen’. With a live band to accompany them, the event promised to be the first of its kind on the South African Christian Hip Hop landscape.
Unlike many Hip Hop events, this one was attended by a largely diverse group of people. The opening acts were met with loud applause ringing through the venue. They included the likes of dynamic rapper, King Smasher, and spoken word powerhouses, Joanah Madzime and Joseph Bentil. These performers did not miss a beat and everyone in attendance could not get enough.
After a short break, the atmosphere was electric. The anticipation for The Kingsmen was now at its apex as the band got on stage, followed by the two frontmen, Lux and Gruth. From the first song, the audience was on their feet. The sound was impeccable, which is generally a problem with rap music, and it’s usually worse when live instruments are included. This fact alone was clearly appreciated by the crowd, singing all the choruses as if they had written each word themselves.
The EP boasts of an array of styles, showcasing each artist’s individual strength. From hot fire raps, and head bobbing bangers, to worship ballads.
Usually a trio, The Kingsmen were missing AV who was not at the launch. However, this did not seem to limit the set in anyway. It was full force as soon as Lux and Gruth hit the stage. Their chemistry and experience was obvious, but even more so was their heart to reach people through their music. One could pick this up throughout their performance, but especially during interludes where they engaged the people about their songs. The night beautifully ended with Gruth performing a song called ‘Sky’. It is about Christ’s victory when He comes back to earth, which was a fitting end to what the EP is ultimately about – a call to keep our eyes looking to God.
The EP boasts of an array of styles, showcasing each artist’s individual strength. From hot fire raps, and head bobbing bangers, to worship ballads. This crew have found a way to make it all work. Apart from ‘Look at God’, which is the title track; songs like ‘Not what I do’ and ‘Ubomi Bam’ are also definite favourites. One only needs to listen to this EP once to hear that these boys are serious about quality. And once you do that, you won’t stop (at least I haven’t!).
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