The Tribe (dance band)

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The Tribe
Also known asWorld Wide Message Tribe
OriginManchester, United Kingdom
GenresDance, contemporary Christian music
Years active1991–2004
LabelsN'Soul/Diamante, Warner Bros., Resolve/Diamante
Associated actsBlushUK, LZ7, The Message, ShineMK, V*enna, tbc, thebandwithnoname (Innervation)
Past membersAndy Hawthorne
Mark Pennells
Zarc Porter
Elaine Hanley
Beth Vickers Redman
Cameron Danté
Deronda K Lewis
Collette Smethurst
Claire Prosser
Emma Owen
Tim Owen
Lindz West

The Tribe, formerly the World Wide Message Tribe (WWMT), were a British Christian dance band. Their aim was "to communicate the gospel to young people in Greater Manchester".[1] They were part of the Christian charity, The Message Trust in Manchester.[2]


The World Wide Message Tribe formed in 1991, and grew out of an evangelistic project called "Message to Schools" run by fashion designer Andy Hawthorne and singer Mark Penells.[3] The Tribe disbanded in 2004.[4]

The line up of The Tribe varied over the 13 years and included many recognised Christian artists including, Andy Hawthorne (director of the message), Mark Pennells (co-director of Innervation trust), Zarc Porter (also co-director of Innervation Trust as well as producer and co-writer for most of the Tribe's musical output), Elaine Hanley, Lorraine Williams, Sani, Beth Redman (internationally known artist and author and wife of Matt Redman; She was later in a band called Storm which released an eponymous album in 1998.[5]), Cameron Danté (formerly of Bizarre Inc), Deronda K Lewis, Collette Smethurst, Claire Prosser, Emma and Tim Owen, Lindz West, George Mhondera and Quintin Delport (George and Quintin were formally members of SA band, M.I.C. and have now set up a new bands known as Whistlejacket and Shackleton respectively.

The Tribe's parent organisation, The Message Trust, has since created three bands, BlushUK (a girl band), LZ7, a hip hop band fronted by ex-Tribe member Lindz West and Twelve24 another hip hop band. "Genetik", the tribe academy has been set up with the vision to train up young evangelists in an Urban or Creative course at its Manchester base. Mark Pennells and Zarc Porter have also continued to develop evangelistic bands and projects as part of the Innervation Trust including Shinemk, V*enna, thebandwithnoname, tbc, BeBe Vox, iSingPOP and iSingWorship.

The group won three GMA Dove Awards.[6]


  • WWMT - Take A Long Hike With The Chosen Few (N*Soul/Diamante, 1993) - N*Soul's first cd
  • WWMT - Dance Planet (N*Soul/Diamante, 1995) - Compilation, #1 radio hits
  • WWMT - Jumping in the House of God (Warner Alliance, 1995)
  • WWMT - We Don't Get What We Deserve (Warner Alliance, 1995)
  • Jumping in the House of God II (Alliance, 1996) - Various Artists
  • WWMT - Revived (Warner Alliance, 1996) - Compilation
  • WWMT - Heatseeker (Warner Resound, 1997)
  • Jumping in the House of God III (Alliance, 1998) - Various Artists
  • WWMT - Frantik (Resolve/Diamante, 1999)
  • The Tribe - Take Back The Beat (Alliance, 2001) - 3 tracks/video cd-rom
  • The Tribe - Raise Your Game (Authentic, 2003)
  • The Tribe - Message to the Masses (2004) - Compilation


Year Song Album Billboard Chart Position
1996 "The Real Thing" Jumping in the House of God Hot Dance Music/Club Play 22


  • Andy Hawthorne, Diary of a Dangerous Vision, Kingsway Books, 15 April 2004, ISBN 1-84291-184-8
  • Porter, Zarc; Wanstall, Matt (14 November 2004). "Tribal History". Cross Rhythms (83).
  • Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "World Wide Message Tribe". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music (First printing ed.). Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers. pp. 1056–1057. ISBN 1-56563-679-1.
  • "World Wide Message Tribe". 7ball (20). September–October 1998.
  • "World Wide Message Tribe". 7ball (07). July–August 1996.


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  2. ^ The Message Trust
  3. ^ Jesus Army: Magazine - Talking to
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 September 2006. Retrieved 28 January 2006.
  5. ^ Powell, Mark Allan (2002). "Storm". Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. p. 888.
  6. ^

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