Kenyan Artist cancels Red-carpet Gala to Feed the Homeless in Arizona, US.

Brand Kenya grows as personal exploits by Kenyans living in the diaspora keep filling pages in history books.

This past weekend, US-based Kenyan singer Msanii Foreman led a group of musical peers and associates in a charity drive seeking to uplift lives of the homeless, in Arizona.

This charity drive was a celebration to mark the success and first anniversary of Arizona Swahili Radio – a flagship project and one of it’s kind online radio founded by Msanii Foreman in 21st May 2021.

This is unique. It serves heavy contrast to red-carpet fanfare events common in the media and entertainment circles. It’s a reflection of humility borne of humble beginnings, and innate desire by the Kenyan artist to uplift lives of the less-fortunate.

Arizona is hard hit, with homeless people statistics rising, exacerbated by Covid-19 pandemic.

In the 21st May event, Msanii Foreman was accompanied by celebrities and fellow artists. Monique Hasbun, the star singer currently riding high with her banger Latin Mona Lisa was there, accompanied by her mum.
Unconfirmed rumors branded the two artists as lovebirds.

Also present was South African artist Moabi Kotu – who’s featured heavily on Amapiano concerts.

Phoebe Njeri, aka Sherrie Bunnie – one of Arizona Swahili Radio top rated presenters running the popular Sunday Skul Edition program and public personality Bilha Biyaki.

The raisin in the event’s pudding – excuse the pun – came from Pizza Heaven Bistro Phoenix who donated assorted foodstuff. This is a local fast food franchise in Arizona.

Besides foodstuff, the homeless people received bundles of warm clothing and sneakers, some on designer level.

These items were collected in a local church after Msanii Foreman lobbied for community involved in the charity drive.

The artist is a member of the church and has previously held Arizona Swahili Radio awards. This is a youth initiative that builds and mentors youth gifted in performing arts.

In an interview, Msanii Foreman says:

At the end of the day, it’s not about what you have or accomplished. It’s about who you’ve lifted, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.

Celebrated gospel artist Eunice Njeri set to headline The BY2C Gospel Awards Gala in Arizona, USA

Prolific Kenyan gospel artist Eunice Njeri flies out of the country in readiness to perform as the guest artist at The BY2C Gospel Awards gala. She’ll be hosted by US-based Kenyan artist, Msanii Foreman.

This is the gala’s second edition, slated to go down at Glorious Celebration Centre, Arizona (US) on 11th December 2021.

US-based Kenyan Afro-Genge artist Msanii Foreman (file images)

The gospel award gala celebrates, and awards budding gospel youth artists.

Msanii Foreman is the brain child of the Bring Youths To Christ (BY2C) Awards, that was an initiative meant to nurture and mentor young talents – using gospel music.

The award shares a platform with Arizona Swahili Radio that broadcasts exclusively in Swahili across the States.

The BY2C Gospel Awards have different categories, and the gala streams live on Arizona Swahili Radio online platforms – Facebook and Youtube channel on 11th December, from 12pm to 6pm.

The Song of The Year 2021 categories is flush with excitement. All the artists in the category are quite phenomenal, each commanding impressive following with near-perfect releases.

Gospel songsress Grace Wamagata’s hit Miracle Working God, is lined up against Nisafishe, a hit by Jesus Man and SK Sadik’s Show Me Your Way.

Other artists with songs in the category include Esther Wamagata, Alice Mwamini, Dawin Munene, Liz Namnyak, Stephano Iddy, Zemirah Wanjiku and Paskal Tone.

Male Gospel Artist of the Year 2021 category pits Morris Ndungu aka Jesus Man, Dawin Munene aka D-Worship, Pascal Tone, Stephano Iddy and SK Sadik and Jermy Alex Brady

Female Gospel Artist of the Year 2021 has the gifted songbirds Liz Namnyak, Alice Mwamini, Esther Wamagata and Grace Wamanyaro. It’s a tight contest.

Other categories recognise inspiring efforts and outstanding personalities in the wider gospel industry, like:

Young Pastor of the Year 2021 category pits firebrand youth evangelists, on and off the pulpit. Evangelism involves partial skills in mentorship and leadership.

The nominees are Tom Elius Mwangi, Benny Ndegwa and Morris Ndungu. The latter two are also nominees for the Youth Leader of the Year 2021 category.

Meanwhile, Msanii Foreman is yet to confirm the release of his latest album. It’s a project that the Afro Genge artist has featured a variety of leading artists.

Of great interest, grapevine has it that the album features a collaboration with striking US model cum artist, Monique Hasbun.