Creative Christian Moments
“Reviews of up and coming Christians in the arts community”
Blog Article 1: Barnabas “Spring Cleaning – EP” Review
There is a renaissance occurring within the Christian community led by emerging generals of the faith armed with fiery revivalist lyrics, lifestyles of Puritan piety, and compassion to call the lost to the cross of Jesus Christ: the Christian hip-hop community in the Pacific Northwest.
On May 17th, 2013, Daniel Lefotu also known as Barnabas joined the ranks of this renaissance with the release of his EP entitled “Spring Cleaning.” His twenty-four minute album preaches Christ’s absolution through seven distinctly different songs echoing humanities’ fallen condition and the grace given through the Gospel message. Barnabas means “son of encouragement” and Lefotu emulates this meaning by calling purpose to a forgotten generation lost in a wild wilderness of broken homes and lost innocence.
His album consists of seven stylish song entitled: Spring Cleaning, Ambition, New Day, Wildfire, Let there be Light, Where’s All the Men, and Under Construction. “Spring Cleaning” speaks of the personal self-examination of repentance Christians are called to daily in Luke 14:21, Romans 12:1-2, and Galatians 5:24. “Ambition” animates the listener to personally continue following the Christian faith through the usage of serious gansta beats. “New Day” declares his personal love for Christ. “Wildfire” and “Let there be Light” speak about the authority of Christ as illustrated in Matthew 28:18. “Where’s All the Men” calls wayward men back to positions of responsibility and leadership that are lacking in families, communities, and in the very leaders of our nation. “Under Construction” ends this impressive album with a call to face your problems and run the race of marked out for you by Christ spoken about in Hebrews 12:1-3. Many of the songs feature collaboration from other local artists such as Matt Roberts, Esoptron, Josh Donnell, Genuine Life, and his wife Amy T.
Lefotu is an Associate Pastor at Calvary Church in Edmonds, WA, where he works with outreach to the youth. I was granted the honorable opportunity of working with Lefotu from 2007-2008 in a local Campus Crusade for Christ club at Everett Community College. He is a man held to the lines of conviction outlined in the Bible and desires nothing more than to see this broken generation restored to Christ. His professionalism in executing both music and video projects will encourage other underground artists to pursue the calling of music. Pick up a copy of the album, watch some music videos, and support him in your prayers!
You can support Barnabas by purchasing “Spring Cleaning – EP” on Amazon.com and iTunes. You can follow Barnabas on Facebook, Sound Cloud, and YouTube, too.
Barnabas. Portrait. 2013. http://soundcloud.com/barnabasbeats/dropbox/profile.
Barnabas, Spring Cleaning – EP, with Amy T., Matt Roberts, Esoptron, Josh Donnell, and Genuine Life, Lefotu Productions, 2013, MP3.