Krystaal aren't your average R&B singers nor do they belong to the mass produced gospel music of North America, their sound is genuine because their story stands as a marker for us about how God works miracles in people's lives we think have been forgotten. Aliston, Fabian and Michel Lwamba are brothers who came to Canada as refugees 10 years ago from Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) and explained to us between songs that what we saw in the film Hotel Rwanda is still the polite version of what happened, as they lived it with their classmates and families. They saw their family and people they knew die right in front of them in brutal ways, and were left as orphans wandering through the hot desert at a very young age. Aliston was only 12 when they fled to the refugee camp in the desert. Michel and Fabian were in college at the time and escaped the Lubumbashi student massacre at the college.
They began to tell of people being so depressed they started to take their lives, but the Lwamba brothers began to be filled with a better plan, they made a make-shift drum and began singing to God on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays to occupy their lives with heavenly hope rather than earthly suffering, all of these children as they were growing up were praying to God and thanking Him for sparing their lives, and God listened.
One day the brothers were rescued by a small church of senior citizens out in Saskatchewan, Canada, and the rest is blessed history. So along with that miraculous story, the brothers are extremely talented and play music for all ages, cultures, and venues, not just churches. Krystaal perform world-wide and share their story and message of hope, peace and forgiveness with people such as Lauryn Hill of the Fugees, Jimmy Carter, and Pastor Rick Warren, known for his New York Times bestseller "The Purpose Driven Life".
Their energy and tight rhythms, and African culture coming through in their music to glorify God is what sets them apart when you hear them perform, they're polished performers infusing their culture with modern worship music and singing songs of freedom and thanksgiving wherever they go, and their happiness is infectious. The band now live in Scarborough with their own families and were recently on CBC Newsworld as part of World Refugee Day on June 20.
Please visit their website at: www.krystaal.com and check them out when they come to your area, you will feel grateful after hearing their story and leave feeling energized from the music.
Writer: Lindsay Whitfield