USF Campus Ministry hosting Christian hip-hop concert

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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF Campus Ministry hosting Christian hip-hop concert

(November 2, 2012) – Campus Ministry at the University of Saint Francis (USF) will host Christian Hip-Hop Nite in the North Campus auditorium at 2702 Spring St., Fort Wayne, on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Nationally known hip-hop artist Chesternique Rolle, creator of the song “Just Believe,” will make a special appearance, along with K-Drama, Da Messenger and 737.

K-Drama, from Cincinnati, has released “We Fit: The Workout Plan” through Cross Movement Records. Popular songs include “Air Jordan” and “Get Your Weight Up.” Da Messenger, from Marion, Ind., and has signed with Holy Soldier Records. The newest album, “Lifeline,” features hit songs “Amazing,” featuring Montae Clark and “Not Impressed,” featuring K-Drama and 737. 737 has released his sophomore album, “Convinced,” which also features Level 3:16, Json, D-Maub, and Dillon Chase.

USF ministry major Aaron Smelser organized the event as his ministry practicum, said USF Campus Ministry Director Josh Stagni. “Aaron has a passion for Christian hip-hop music, as I learned when he and I first met about his internship. I wanted to see what he liked so we could figure out what would fit,” Stagni said.

The music genre is a new concert focus for USF. “This is an avenue we have never done before. Yes, we’ve done concerts, but those were mainstream Christian artists,” Stagni said.

The purpose is to provide a venue for a less-known type of Christian music. “As I’ve discussed with Aaron and my peer ministers, you’ve got to meet students where they are. If they are into this style of music, then let’s meet them there but with a twist—music with same artistic quality but with the integrity of Christian lyrics and themes,” he said.

This event is open to the public, and general admission is $5. USF students and staff will be admitted free with ID.

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