Working under the banner of the Message Trust South Africa; an organization that exists to raise up generations of Urban Heroes: young people who come from tough backgrounds who become a solution rather than become a problem. KineticIV exists in this organization to share the good news of Jesus Christ with young people across Cape Town. We share our faith in schools, prisons, communities and churches through our music and stories.
KineticIV is made up three members , Meryl Bendie (Vocalist), Jabulani Majola (Rapper), Gilead Engelbrecht (Dancer and Rapper), who are three young South Africans passionate about using their gifts to encourage and empower young people across Cape Town and the world.
“This is Our Time” is available on:
Itunes, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify and AudioMac, where you can also find their 2015 self-titled EP called ‘’Kinetic IV.”
***Be sure to swing by the V & A Waterfront Amphitheater on either the 20th, 22nd, or 23rd of December where they will be performing live!
To contact KIV, send an email to: email@example.com and follow them on social media: Instagram: kinetic_iv Facebook: KineticIV Twitter: @KineticIV
The Message Trust hosted the first ever Thursday Night Live (TNL) open mic event on Thursday, 27 July 2017 at our very own Mess Cafe! TNL is an exciting new initiative that provides a night of well known and upcoming local artists from around Cape Town.
Local artists included our headline act Seve Music Kid, Kinetic IV, Erin Faro and Christina Otto-Anakwa. It was an amazing evening as each artist performed various cover songs and originals which got the audience singing and dancing. It was exciting to see such a full turn out for our first ever TNL and we will now be introducing TNL as a monthly event at the Mess Cafe.
The vision of TNL, is provide a platform for Christian artists to to perform their music and share stories of hope, whilst being able to give back through supporting our Mess Cafe. The Mess Cafe provides employment and training opportunities for youth who want to leave a life of crime and gangsterism.
Look out on our facebook page for more information and our next TNL on the Thursday 31st August!
If you would like to know more about TNL please email Donovan Nelson for more information.
On Friday 4th March, KineticIV departed the shores of Cape Town to participate in The Higher tour hosted by The Message UK. 19 hours of flying time later, we finally arrived in an icy Manchester, to a warm welcome by Tim Owen, who had waited patiently while Border Control cross questioned us for 2 hours!
Our first gig took place on Sunday 6 March at the Lighthouse Church in Trafford as guests of Paul Hallam. We performed to about 150 people who so enjoyed our performance that we were asked to perform an encore at the end of the service. KineticIV was then invited to do a video interview (documentary) for a college that attended the service
On Monday 7 March, we had an early start as we headed out to our first school, namely Kingsway School. This was the very same school that Nick Shalavi from Vital Signs (one of our Message UK bands) had attended and from which he got suspended! The first day was quite a “culture shock”: we had all the kids stand and join in the performance, but the moment we started ALL the students sat down again. We quickly learnt that we needed to amend our approach, so it was back to the drawing board. With Tim’s guidance we developed a new formula which proved successful with the remainder of the schools we visited. The schools we visited and our other activities for the rest of our stay included:
8 March 2016
Hindley High: together with Twelve24 we performed to around 500 kids.
9 March 2016
Kingsway School (again); the afternoon was spent at The Message offices helping out at Genetik sessions.
10 March 2016
Kingsway School (3rd time!), this time to 200 kids; later we had studio time at The Message office, before an evening performance at Thursday Night Live.
11 March 2016
Spent the day in studio, followed by the evening on the Eden Bus
16 March 2016
Ramillies, a special needs Private school; we did a dance workshop and mini performance.
18 March 2016
Manchester Grammar, our final school performance.
The team were really blessed by their visit to Ramillies where Mr Colin Richards was our contact. The kids welcomed the training workshop and the performance was also a hit. The teachers were amazed to see how 2 learners in particular reacted to the music. One of the boys had severe autism and the other suffered from cerebral palsy. The teacher told us that the boy suffering from autism had run out of the hall the last time they had a music act, while the boy with cerebral palsy only ever moved when he walked to his classes. Both boys were on their feet dancing and screaming “We are enjoying this”. The teacher was really blown away by this, to the extent that he called his colleagues and kitchen staff to witness the miracle as it unfolded.
The Higher Tour took place between 16 and 20 March 2015 and was hosted at the 02 Apollo. Over the four days we performed to approximately 5,000 young people. The highlight of the tour was Friday evening where we experienced the Apollo packed to capacity. We witnessed about 1500 people respond to the Gospel that week, even an 83 year old lady. YES, 83!!!!
On the 22 of October 2015 Kinetic IV (KIV) were invited to perform at the prestigious annual “Cape Carols” at the Cape Town Parade. KIV performed alongside some of Cape Town’s hottest artists such as Jonathan Rubin, Grace Town, Swiff D, Tracey Carter , MC Sundae and many more.
The Team arrived on the parade and excitedly awaited their call for sound-check. The atmosphere was loaded with excitement and expectation from the crowd and the band was ready to end the year with a BIG BANG!
The show started at 5pm and at 6pm the band were introduced by CCFM presenter and Message Prison Leader, Preston Jongbloed. The team were excited to perform and deliver yet another electrifying performance in Cape Town.
KIV started their set with their hit song “More Than This” and the crowd responded enthusiastically. They continued to energize the crowd with the rest of their music and finished their performance with “Storm” which turned out be the crowd favourite.
After performing, the crowd cheered Kinetic IV as the band walked off stage. The team spent the rest of the evening backstage with the other performers and enjoyed the rest of the acts.
What an amazing way to finish 2015 at The Message Trust and for KineticIV as they shared songs of hope to over three thousand people.
We are looking forward to all God will do in and through KineticIV as they continue to perform in 2016, reaching out to young people in schools, prisons and churches across Cape Town.
The Message Team arrived in Citrusdal on Friday morning, 20 November, 2015. The team partnered and were hosted by Hebron Community Projects who work with schools and farms in the community. The Message had planned a youth outreach weekend aimed at impacting many young people who come from difficult backgrounds.
The weekend began with our team running a school outreach programme at Paardekop primary school. Our team was welcomed by over 250 excited children, who had heard about KineticIV and were excited to hear from the band.
Our team prepared and implemented a three hour creative schools programme for the school. This involved hosting a school talent show that included grades 1-6 showcasing their musical and dance talent.
One of the favourites was a young girl called ‘Eljure’ who sang a familiar South African song called “Hoor hoe raas die stilte” and had the whole crowd singing along!
Before KIV performed our team spent time getting to know the children, engaging them through creative ice- breakers, jokes and Gilead (KIV band member) teaching them the popular dance called “the whip and nae nae”.
KIV then gave the school a taste of what they could expect at the full concert on Saturday by performing two of their original sound tracks , ‘More Than This” and “Storm” – it was a joy to see the children going crazy and enjoying themselves!
On the Saturday more than 300 people showed up for the first Hebron Citrusdal concert. The audience included a mix of kids parents and grand parents, this was a massive breakthrough as the whole family was present. Generally, in farming communities families are engaged in heavy drinking, to witness families coming together and engaging in positive activities was significant.
When KIV were due to perform excitement filled the room as Neil (Chairperson of Hebron Community Projects) introduced the band and The Message Team. Meryl (KIV female vocalist) came up to introduce the team individually and got the children ready for the evenings events.
During the concert KIV delivered an electrifying performance that even got the grandparents to their feet! In between performances KIV band members Jabulani and Meryl shared their stories to encourage and uplift everyone in attendance.
After the KIV performance Shaun (Band Manager) shared his story of overcoming a life of drugs and alcohol abuse. After sharing his testimony, he made a call for prayer and twenty people made a response.
KineticIV concluded the evening with some crowd interaction, including dancing and singing and finished off with a final performance of the crowd favourite, “Storm”.
The team were commended for their performance and received positive feedback from both the Owners of the life centre and the community.
The team completed the weekend by leading a church service on Sunday morning. Meryl and Jabulani, along with the local church band led worship and one of our team members shared an inspiring message.
Neil Hall, chairperson of Hebron, and some of the church members took time during the service to motivate and encourage The Message to continue in their work amongst young people and promised to pray for the team.
If you would like to know more about KineticIV and are interested in your church or oganisation doing a schools outreach contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Message Trust South Africa are excited to announce that UK-based band Twelve24 will be in South Africa from 28th August – 8th September. They will be performing in schools, prison, churches and at youth events across Cape Town. All concerts will be free of charge. Twelve24 will perform songs which have become popular around the world. Their music is not only catchy and ‘feel-good’ but is informed by their personal stories and a positive, inspiring message for young people.
The tour also serves as a launch-pad for our local Message Trust group KineticIV who will be the supporting act at all the Twelve24 concerts.
Appearances, performances and concert details will be released soon. Three confirmed concerts are as follows:
Friday 4th September: Jubilee Community Church, 21 Nelson Road, Observatory.
Saturday 5th September: Life Church, 30 Main Road, Sea Point. 7pm
Sunday 6th September: Grace Performing Arts Centre, Parow. 5pm.
The Message Trust South Africa was launched in February 2014 and is part of The Message Family, a global movement committed to holistically developing the hardest to reach urban youth.
Our mission and vision is to raise up generations of urban heroes by creating opportunities for tens of thousands of urban teenagers to hear the good news of Jesus in word and demonstrated in action. We do this through the following four programme streams: Prison Ministry, Christ – Centred Enterprise, Community Transformation and Creative Mission.
Visit our home page for more info on The Message Trust.