Benjamin Dube in anti-gender based violence concert

By Jonathan Mbiriyamveka

The Southern Times in conjunction with the Office of the Namibian First Lady will host a one-off concert against gender-based violence featuring South African gospel singer Benjamin Dube and sons on November 25.

The concert set for the Avani Hotel in Windhoek will run under the theme: “Raising real men and women”.

Madam Monica Geingos, who has been appointed the Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls by the UNAIDS, has thrown her weight behind the free concert.

To stand a chance of attending the concert, one has to deliver a copy of The Southern Times newspaper, an original cutting of the concert advertisement and a copy of identification to the paper’s offices at Schonlein and Jenner Streets, Windhoek West.

Alternatively, these can be posted to P.O Box 32235, Windhoek, Namibia. Closing date for entries is November 18 and space is limited.

One of the revered celebrity gospel singers in South Africa, Dube, according to his blog “is a music ministerial visionary, anointed songwriter and singer, music producer, mentor/father and pastor to many musicians and an inspiration to secular artists in South Africa”. Dube began the journey of his calling in ministry in 1986 and 13 years later, he cut a deal with Harmony Records in New York, USA, under Epic Record label.

Under this label, he produced his first ever live album, I Feel like Going On, that attained platinum status in South Africa.

He has 15 albums to his name, eight of which are still on the market. Apart from I Feel like Going On, Dube also has Praise Explosion 2002, For Every Mountain, Oh Bless Our God that either attained platinum or gold status.

The first Convocation was in September 2009 and is available on DVD.

On three times, Dube was nominated in the MTN Sama awards for 2004/6 in the Best Contemporary Gospel category.

He, however, received an award for Best Praise and Worship Album in 2007 as well as the Crown Gospel Music award for Best Praise and Worship Artist 2008.

One Gospel honoured him with two awards – Gospel Legend Award and the Best Contemporary Artist.

In December 2004, Sunday Sun Newspaper named him the most influential celebrity of the month with integrity.

Now with an office in London, Dube’s music ministry has briskly grown to reach the USA, Sweden, Netherlands, Paris, Australia, and Japan.

To push his music, Dube has business partnership with Sony, Spirit Music, Gallo, EMI, BMG, SAMRO, SARRAL and RISA through his Dube Connection cc.

Here Dube also contributes as a songwriter, author, and producer/arranger, discovering as well as develop young talent.

Dube, the last child in a family of five,  was born in Johannesburg on January 23, 1962.

He is the founder of Artist Hope Arise (AHA) in 2009 and also co-founded God’s Worshipers Convocation (GWC) in 2009.

Dube has been a guest of several national television and radio programmes, and has made news in every newspaper and magazine in South Africa.  Dube with his wife Thabile and four sons live south of Johannesburg.