Between the 5th and 7th April 2017, over 150 Gospel artists and industry stakeholders gathered at the Brakenhurst Retreat Centre for the 2017 edition of the Groove camp.
Present were artists, songwriters, DJs and VJs, and dance crews. Also present were MCs, hypemen and various media personalities. A group of 14 pastors, all passionate about the Gospel music industry, many of them already mentoring various artists, were present throughout the camp to engage with and provide pastoral support to the industry.
The annual camp was created by the Groove Networks team in 2013 as a way of providing avenues for both discipleship and empowerment for the industry, but also to create a safe space where artists can connect, bond and discuss issues critical to the Gospel music industry together. They also enjoyed fun-filled recreational team building activities as well.
Themed “Back 2 Church”, there was particular focus on what it means to for the industry to be the church of Christ. Speakers who ably broke this down included Bishop J.B Masinde, and Pastors David Ewagata, and Tatenda Chikwekwe, the latter two both from Groove partners NAYNET (Nairobi Area Youth Workers’ Network). Pastor Patrick Kuchio led a powerful session on confession and repentance that saw many of the artists receive prayer for various issues.
Groove Team Leader Pastor David Kuria was at hand to remind the artists why God had elevated the local Gospel scene, and exhort the artists to live up to the call of God in their lives.
To talk empowerment, a highly engaging panel session on the opportunities in the Kenyan music scene was expertly handled by Richard ‘Astar’ Njau (digital marketing), Kavutha Mwanzia (professionalism in music) and Mike Strano (financial opportunities). Other talks were given by leadership trainer Bernard Kamoye, Radio Africa’s Caroline Mutoko and Safaricom’s head of corporate affairs Stephen Chege, were he unpacked the Skiza platform for the artists.
Groups also enjoyed various outdoor activities, including basketball, tennis and soccer, as well as team building activities such as Bubble Foota, inflatable soccer, inflatable climbing walls and the very popular F1 vegetable racing.
For more on the camp, see the pictures below:
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