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Musicians rock religion classes

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: November 03, 2012

  • LAUGHS: Demi-Lea Collins, 12, enjoying the gig

  • ENTERTAINING: Christian band MaLoKai with pupil Charlotte Sharpe, 12, who joined them on stage for a song

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POP punk band MaLoKai helped youngsters rock out as they learned more about the Christian faith.

The band were invited to play a gig at All Saints' Academy in Cheltenham this week to celebrate All Saints' Day.

And the members of the group, who are all devout Christians, helped teach religious education lessons in their visit.

They took part in classes with all the year groups before putting on a free gig for 400 students at the school in Blaisdon Way.

As well as playing their latest single, Heart Beats, MaLoKai – who have been compared to power punk band You Me At Six – also brought pupils up on stage to help them perform a cover of Jessie J's hit Price Tag.

Among the lucky youngsters invited up was Year 8 pupil Charlotte Sharpe, who admitted she had been excited about watching the band live but had even more fun on the stage.

"It was such a fun experience to sing with a band as I had never done it before," she added.

MaLoKai were supported in the gig by Senomar, a band made up of students from All Saints' Academy.

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  November 07 2012, 2:46PM

    There appears to be a great deal of dislike of Christians on this comment threat. What are this band doing wrong exactly apart from trying to present people with an opportunity for a relationship with the living God. You're free not to accept that if you so choose. It's true that much harm has been done in the name of religion over the years but that doesn't mean that a relationship with God is a bad thing.

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  • Hubert1841  |  November 07 2012, 1:02PM

    Senomar are miles better than them anyway. The support slot should have been t'other way round.

  • SG1970  |  November 05 2012, 6:40PM

    Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, needs to heard as well. I'm not sure how well the beer volcano, or the hooker factory will go down with the parents of the 12 year olds though.

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  • Jewbacca  |  November 05 2012, 5:48PM

    You're correct, freedom of speech is a right. I'm going to exercise this right by pointing out their music, and message, are faintly embarrassing.

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  • Football231  |  November 05 2012, 5:26PM

    Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are both human rights. All this band are doing are exercising those rights. They aren't forcing their beliefs on the young people they work with, they give them a choice whether they want to believe or not, and they are presenting Christianity in a modern and exciting way which appeals to people of all faiths. Even if these young people decide to not believe in God, they still manage to put smiles on everyone's faces. These guys have supported me personally for a very long time and I cannot thank them enough for that. The changes they make in people's lives are mind blowing and who knows, without their support I may not be where I am today.

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  • Jewbacca  |  November 03 2012, 8:48PM

    I've just been listening to their latest tune on their website. Christ it's embarrassing, like your dad dancing!

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  • Jewbacca  |  November 03 2012, 8:46PM

    Christian 'rock' sucks.I have bad memories of going to see Stryper because I fancied getting a legover from a foxy Christian chick. Never again!

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  • Hubert1841  |  November 03 2012, 8:44PM

    They should ask David Icke to give a lecture on his theories regarding evolution, just to even the playing field.

  • Willow_Wisp  |  November 03 2012, 6:38PM

    NickC - you and I, and most right-minded people,know that that would be the right thing to do. You and I, and most right-minded people, also know that it isn't going to happen. Sadly.

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  November 03 2012, 6:02PM

    kids should learn all about religion, then they would know how bad its been for people down the ages.

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