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Healing for the Body And Soul.Student doctors tackle spiritual and medical issues through music
The Nation (Nairobi) ^ | 8/17/03 | Amos Ngaira

Posted on 08/17/2003 9:00:58 PM PDT by DPB101

With a stethoscope in one hand and a microphone in the other, a group of young men are on a mission to bring solace and healing to both the body and the soul.

The Kristoboyz are a group of student doctors from the University of Nairobi who have come together to form a music group, juggling their demanding schedule in medical school with an equally hectic entertainment programme.

Formed in 2000, the group is led by Patrick Oyaro, and has three other members - John Kaguthi, Patrick Mbuthia and James Mumba. The group is on a mission to use gospel music to send both spiritual and medical messages.

"We work hard to keep up with our studies even as we spread the word of God," Oyaro said.

When they are not in class or taking practical lessons in the wards, Oyaro and his colleagues have been setting aside time to entertain their colleagues.

Theirs is contemporary gospel music, with a leaning towards reggae beats.

Besides the university, they have performed at various churches and Christian gatherings in the city, and institutions like the Kenya Polytechnic.

Their first album, Jehovah Comforts done in November 2001, received favourable airplay on local FM stations.

"The release of our first album was the culmination of many days of practice, considering our tight schedules," Oyaro says.

The success of that album, he adds, encouraged them to continue developing their musical careers.

One of the songs on the album Jesus Never Fails, proved very popular and gave an indication of the group's great potential.

Their second album, Armour , which was released in November last year, has also been featuring regularly on gospel musical programmes on most radio stations.

One of the Kristoboyz's major campaigns has been in the fight against abortion, and they have composed a song condemning the practice.

No to Abortion was done jointly with another gospel singer, Reuben Kigame, whom the group say has been their major source of inspiration.

Oyaro and his colleagues backed up Kigame during performances at the launch of the latters' CD containing the songs Never Alone and Ombi Langu.

"Having seen the harsh realities of the controversial practice of abortion, we felt it best to compose a song that highlighted the medical risks," says Oyaro.

As part of their efforts in the fight against abortion, the Kristoboyz have organised an anti-abortion street march to be held next Saturday morning in Nairobi.

The march will begin at the Holy Family Basilica and end at Uhuru Park. Other gospel artistes, including Kora Award winner Henrie Mutuku, are expected in the event.

"We are hoping that through the event, we will get more people to join us in the fight against abortion," Oyaro says.

Last year the group also took part in activities marking the Anti-Abortion Day.

Despite the fact that they are doing their internships later this year, the Kristoboyz plan to continue building their musical careers. They are currently working on their third album, 'Reggae Worship'.

"Although there is a likelihood that we will be separated later in the year, we hope to still keep come together for recordings and other functions," says Oyaro.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; kenya; ministry

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