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Limit X: No Limits for Thanksgiving Weekend

By: Julio Barthson

Date Posted: 1999-11-19

Okinawa is definitely a very attractive spot for world artists and performers. The number of high profile musical groups – laic and religious alike – that land on the Prefecture every now and then, to perform in memorable spectacles, just keeps on growing each year. As the New Year gets closer, and the very international public here braces itself for a series of important holidays, many entertainers are reportedly heading this way to warm the hearts of their fans, and convert those who discover them for the first time.

Limit X, considered by many observers as the most worldly gospel trio, is presently preparing its voices for a Thanksgiving weekend full of worship and praise in Okinawa. Limit X is a very popular gospel group in the USA, Britain, most of Christian Africa, mainland Japan and several other Asian countries. The group offers a melodious amalgam of traditional African rhythms, African American vocal intonations, and an urban, contemporary lyrical air that every listener of good faith and will would immediately adopt.

Limit X will be performing on Friday, November 26th at the Ginowan Seaside Park outdoor theater. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The next day, on Saturday, November 27th, they will be singing praises at the Okinawa Christian Junior College as from 3:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.) Their last performance will be back at the Okinawa Christian Junior College on Sunday, November 28th, from 4:00 p.m., gates opening at 3:30. Organizers warn that there will be no postponements due to rain or other unforseen climatic factors.

Limit X, made up of three male singers from the East African Nation of Uganda, is currently stationed in Nashville, TN, from where they travel round the world spreading the word of God, in which they firmly believe, through song and dance. Paul Mutebi (born January 26th, 1969), Dennis Sempebwa (April 20th, 1969), and Isaac Rucibigango (April 28th, 1969) all survived the strenuous conditions imposed on their native country by the infamous dictator Idi Amin Dada and successive military regimes. But they saw death so many times in the face that the songs of praise flowing from their lips definitely have a very personal meaning to them; and they always manage to transmit that feeling, in its entirety, to their audiences all over the world.

They first started singing together in 1987, performing in churches, schools and colleges around Kampala in Uganda. Then they developed more popularity when they became co-hosts of a weekly TV show on Ugandan National Television in 1989. Later that year, they decided to settle in England. In London, they adopted a new name for their group, the same name that they are using for their lyrical ministry today: Limit X. For them, the name “Limit X” has a very important meaning; “our God has no limits”.

After four years of success in Britain - during which they won important distinctions like “Best British New Artist”, and launched a debut album (“Unashamed”) that made its way into the Top Ten Recommended Gospel Albums Charts – the Limit X boys then moved to the United States.

They have released two albums since they settled in the United States and started their gospel globetrotting that takes them, 300 days a year, to all the continents. “Malibongwe” (Amen in the South African Zulu language) was the first title that established them as a real force for the Christian ministry through songs of praise. They then followed with “Send Me”, an album whose prophetic verses have been played over and over on radio stations and TV channels in Europe, America and Asia. Their engagements across lands and seas transcend denominational, national, cultural and ethnic boundaries. They have set no limits for themselves in their musical priesthood, using their spiritual exhortation to bind all audiences through one love bond in Jesus Christ, considered by Christians as the ultimate Savior of mankind.

Tickets for the Limit X performances in Okinawa during this year’s Thanksgiving weekend are already on sale at the Japan Update office (contact Ms. Takina at 934-5616), at the Life Center Bookstore in Naha (868-4406), at the Okinawa Christian Bookshop (877-7282). All tickets are ¥1500 in advance and ¥1800 at the door.

Japan Update is also giving away 4 free tickets for the Saturday, November 27th show. Send email to update@japanupdate.com, or fax to 934-5690 (with name, address and phone number) to win.

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