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MBABANE - Mbabane-based Christian hip-hop artist, Caliber, made a sensational return to radio charts through a new single that featured a renowned American rapper, Ric Flo.

Caliber’s new single ‘More than a Conqueror’ debuted at number 17 on the SBIS Top 20 chart show last Friday.

The track had Caliber dropping ‘Sixteens’ on heavy laden new-school kicks and snares and Ric Flo delivering an over-the-top verse. Sticking to his Christian-inspired theme, Caliber also used flawless rhymes and semi-rhymes in his quest of preaching the gospel through song.

‘More than a Conqueror’ became Caliber’s third appearance on the charts since he made his ever-memorable appearance with ‘Praise Him’ in 2011 and ‘P1.7’ early this year. ‘Praise Him’ became the first-ever local gospel hip-hop track to grace the charts back then earning the young Christian rapper a legion of fans, while ‘P1.7’ featured reputable rappers, Hakeem Saidi, Pyramid and Asaph.

Commenting on the show, prior to playing the new single, one of the leading radio personalities and Top 20 presenter, Bongani ‘Bobo’ Dlamini, described Caliber as a pioneer of the local Christian rap movement.

"In an era where our charts were literally dominated with secular hip-hop and RnB, then there emerged a new breed of Christian contemporary artistes; the likes of Caliber, Switch, Sunshine M, Msizi and many more, who diversified our urban music content and outlook. Caliber, indeed, is among these great pioneers of this new dispensation," said Bobo.

Reveal

Multimedia International Manager and Top 20 co-presenter, Bongani ‘DJ Tizalami’ Dube, revealed that Caliber was one of the local gospel artists billed for ‘The Life We Chose’ international gospel concert scheduled for December 8 at Healing Place Church.

"The release of ‘More than a Conqueror’ coincides well with Caliber’s upcoming appearance at the much-publicised gospel concert in December which shall feature South African, Zimbabwean and Swazi contemporary gospel artists. With tracks like these, Caliber surely shall be a marvel to watch on that particular concert," said Tizalami.

Born Samkeliso Magagula 20 years ago, Caliber said he was passionate about his religion and wished to see more young people gaining salvation.

"We live in an age of spiritual warfare that becomes more apparent and real each and every day and I’m afraid the youth is being brainwashed by some music and media, not just in Swaziland, but all over the world. I couldn’t find a better way of reaching out to the youth than preaching salvation through song, and I believe my music will bring truth to those who sincerely seek it," said Caliber.

 

‘More than a Conqueror’ was produced by Nhlanhla ‘M-forteen’ Mambrendu and shall be found on The Kingdom Rap Volume 1 mixtape which shall be released on ‘The Life We Chose’ concert.

Caliber attends Shalom Christian Fellowship Church at Sidvwashini.

SBIS Top 20 airs on the English Channel on Fridays at 8pm.

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