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Frenna candid about youth in poverty | TV

It’s not an obvious combination: hip-hop and gospel. But in the new EO program All of the lights successively Frenna, the five-member Brotherly Love, Glenn Faria and Yung Nnelg take it upon themselves: they sing their hits in a gospel style.

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The hip-hop artists do this under the accompaniment of a live band with Elisha Music and the ZO! Gospel Choir. Youtuber, rapper and actor Défano Holwijn presents the four-part series and interviews the hip-hoppers about the highs and lows of their lives.

In the first episode, for example, Frenna (30) talks about the poverty in which he grew up in the Schilderswijk in The Hague. What hit him hard as a child was his father’s fear of emptying the letterbox. Which accounts would appear?

The rapper, who received an award two years ago for the 1 billion streams he has achieved in total, cites the shame of being evicted from the family and his loneliness as a child. During the recordings, he calls on the audience to dare to dream. “Tomorrow is not promised, so do it now.”


In addition to the choir, singer Brownie Dutch and a band accompanies the new performances in All of the lights. He points out that superstars like Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran started with gospel. That does not apply to Frenna, although this music is much closer to him than the outside world might think, he tells Holwijn. “Gospel is about hope and everything I rap is about hope.”

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