Verse5ve is an urban event happening every quarterly, hosted by DJs and artists showcasing the best there is in the urban gospel scene. This past weekend, they hosted international act, S.O and it was pretty radical!
Every event has its journey! For verse5ve, it started in a small room with 25 young urban Nairobi youths and this past weekend, the Memorial Park parked over 700 urban Jesus-loving youths in an event dubbed the Radical5ve.
Welcome to the Verse5Ve experience! Verse5ve is an urban event happening every quarterly, hosted by DJs and artists showcasing the best there is in the urban gospel scene. This past weekend, they hosted international act, S.O and it was pretty radical!
Not even the light drizzles were going to keep off the crowd from the event. At exactly 2pm on Sunday, we make our way into the venue. The sponsors tents encircle the large crowd that has already formed some trying to shed off in the same tents from the showers.
The deejay is juggling some Christian rap tune and at some pint a crowd pops in the shower and pull a move before walking away as if nothing has happened.
Once again, urban gospel music is relevant again in Nairobi and a group of young youths under the Verse5ve banner are repopularizing the genre in a new wave that has been named The Verse5ve Movement. Verse5ve Events’ Johnson Juma on Saturday evening at a press briefing termed the moment as a special honour to host S.O.
The wheels of steel with DJ Double O, DJ Sanch and DJ Re as well as hosts MCs Manolo, Kibunja and Pompey get the crowd drawn to its feet in a visible wave.
At this point, those on their phones seem to have put them away and the crowd rises before established acts take the stage.
First off, Christian army general, Kamlesh Kagaba takes the stage. His lines are hard hitting before he gets to the music. When prolific Kenyan rapper Stonee Jiwe of the Ole Ole Fame and street acclaimed King Of Refixes takes the stage, the crowd charges to the front.
Then comes the Hip Hop group Recapp and their performance demands a crowd charge to do one more song before S.O takes the stage.
Addressing press conference yesterday evening, Gospel rapper sensation S.O The rapper who is signed under the legendary lamp mode recording label was on point rocking black pants and a white Verse5ve branded T-shirt expressed his joy being back in Nairobi having jetted in the afternoon, “I came back in 2014 and this time there is an excitement about performing here.” He mentioned “it is a blessing to know the Same music I wrote in my mum’s house in my 20’s has trans versed continents and across the Atlantic.” S.O is on an African tour that culminated at the Radical5ve event.
There is an unkept secret of the love for S.O among the crowd. As he towers performing from the waterpoint, the crowd again rises to its feet and deliver an experience. In between his performance, he would quote a verse of give a prolific advice for the young radical crusaders who listened so keenly.
Between sudden eruptions of jumping, the sensation rapper, S.O delivers. Between the water point stage and the ocean of nodding millennials is now an ocean of tiny glowing phone screens, held high and fixed on S.O.
DJ Ruff representing Ghetto Radio who are part of the official media sponsors was full of praise for the Verse5Ve Events Solutions confirming Ghetto Radio’s pleasure to be a part of the events sponsorship. The same sentiments were echoed by Kenyabuzz, Little Cab, August 7th Memorial Park, Blaze by Safaricom, On-Time Garage, Black Forest House, Rough Diamond Projects and Performance Rights Society of Kenya (PRISK) who were some of the sponsors for the event.
Once again, pretty radical, urban Christian millennials around Nairobi are building a new movement.