MP3 Kamenge Friends Church - Our God Is An Awesome God
Fast fun fervent and accomplished, a big African take on Rich Mullin''s classic worship chorus. Reggae, hip-hop. All Jesus, all fun.
2 MP3 Songs in this album (10:25) !
Related styles: WORLD: Afro-Pop, SPIRITUAL: Reggae Gospel
Rich Mullin’s much loved ’93 hit: “Our God Is An Awesome God” is also loved in Burundi central Africa. I found this out in March of 2007, when the team of church musicians I was working with there, suggested the song for the recording sessions we were planning.
When I heard their version, which is Rich’s great chorus, no verses, and their own rap bridge, I knew we had a hit. Our big hope and plan and scheme is that other folks – you! – will agree. Every dime of every download will go to buy and maintain musical instruments for Kamenge Friends Church. In a country where a skilled workman can make $1.50 a day, getting a church band an $800 electric piano is quite simply and literally a miracle.
At Kamenge Friends Church in Burundi their faith is very strong. It has to be strong because in 1993-94 200,000 Burundians – Hutu and Tutsi – died in the genocide violence that swept their country as well as Rwanda to the north. This is a little part of their story.
Kamenge neighborhood is an inner city slum in Bujumbura, Burundi. During that 1993-4 crisis, and the civil war that festered in the following decade, Kamenge neighborhood was repeatedly overrun by both rebel and government battles and activity.
At big busy successful Kamenge Friends Church, you can still see the bullet holes on the walls and in that place in the roof that when it rains really hard everybody moves their chairs. You can see the bullet holes, but you cannot see the scars on the people’s souls.
Peggy can see the scars on the souls because Peggy not only has big bushido for Christ, but also because she is a psychologist and trained trauma healer. Peggy brought me to Burundi. So I said to her, “What percent of this population have been through this kind of horror?” and she said, “Nine out of ten of the people you meet over the age of thirteen have a story – or multiple stories – of trauma, terror, war, torture, rape that happened to them or to someone they knew and loved… mother, father, siblings. Nine out of ten.”
When people get traumatized part of their brain wants to forget what happened, and the other part of the brain keeps saying ‘listen to me: something terrible happened’, so when your brain won’t talk to itself, people drink and do drugs and go numb and crazy and then they become victims again. Or perpetrators.
But making music is a whole-brain activity and heals trauma. Now listen to the song again. Our God is an awesome god.