Kisaka of "The Strangers" Band
Alan Kisaka has been involved with Christian Music since 1971 in
Kampala. He had a group then called "The Revivals" that was one
of the pioneering contemporary Christian bands at that time...
In fact he thinks they may have been the first true CCM band at
the time in Uganda. The members included Kwame and Sekou
Rubadiri (sons of noted African poet laureate Prof. David
Rubadiri), Shannon Tito, Douglas Kisaka and himself
moving to the States in the late 70s, he continued in the same..
with groups like Crystal Faith (which was essentially a
regrouping of the Revivals in the states). In the 80s, he was in
a band called "The JC Band" which was led by Jimmy Calhoun who
played in many famous bands including Jimmy Hendrix and Sly and
the family stone. In conjunction with being in a band, Allan was
always involved in praise and worship as well.
the last 18 years he has been an Associate Pastor at a church
called Hope Chapel in Hermosa Beach CA where he has been given
charge of the music ministry for the last 13 years. In 1998 he
formed The Strangers band with two other members in the church
who are also in the music ministry. In 2000 they were in Uganda
and played a few concerts at the National Theatre and at a few
other venues around town.
they ministered in New York after 9/11 bringing hope to the
rescue workers there. They continue to write and minister
wherever they have opportunity. As far as the challenges are
concerned, Allan thinks it's important to be steadfast and
unwavering in ones commitment when it comes to music.
"I think a lot of people want quick results and they bail out
before their potential is realized. It takes time for a gift to
mature and with a steady focus and good nurturing it will
blossom. Keeping a band focused and not distracted with petty
issues is one of the biggest challenges any band leader will
face. You have to keep reminding yourselves of your basic
mission and why you are doing what you are doing. All in all if
you stick to it. If you have "through vision" you will see a
measure of success that will be very rewarding to you. Most of
all if your mission is bigger than your selves... i.e it's
driven by God's purpose for you and you are totally committed to
that purpose.. you will see heavenly results".
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Grace and Peace