Benjamin Dube, Nam gospel choirs thrill crowd

By Sharon Kavhu

WINDHOEK-SOUTH African gospel musician, Reverend Benjamin Dube and his sons left the Worship Festival audience in a spiritual mood following a heavenly act at Independence Stadium in Windhoek, Namibia, last Saturday.

The Dubes’ act was supported by 11 Namibian gospel choirs at the Worship Festival, which was organised by The Southern Times.

Characterised by deep worship songs, crazy praise songs and dances, the event started around lunch time until the next morning but, it only felt like a few hours.

The opening acts in the afternoon were Adoration Choir, Shekinah  Glory Movement, Shekinah Glory-Erongo, Pride and Sounds of Worship, Clive and the Now Generation, Maranatha and the Great Band, the Lotsch family group, Franklin and DEE’A, Florence and Elize, Die kristulik gemeente, and Karen Zimmer.

Some of the choirs performed Southern Africa’s most popular gospel songs such as ‘Halleluiah’, ‘U Jehovha’, ‘Bow Down’, ‘Alpha and Omega’, among others.

The choirs were followed by an act by Dube’s sons: Sihle, Buhle and Mthokozisi, who performed songs from their different albums: ‘Why’, ‘Hold on’, ‘God is able’, ‘Hear God’, and ‘I Feel You Jesus’ before their father joined them on stage  when they performed ‘Thank You’.

The four performed a classic act, which kept the audience on their feet.

Dube performed ‘Ngiyakhuthanda’, ‘Lamp of God’, ‘Oh Give Thanx’, ‘Thel’ Umoya’, ‘In Your Presence’, ‘Wena Uyingcwele’, El Shaddai Adonai’, ‘Mananjalo’ and ‘Grateful’ – which he performed with Tebello.

However, Dube left the stage while the audience was screaming for ‘Bow Down’.