By CLEVER ZULU –
CELEBRATED South African gospel legend Benjamin Dube last Friday night left many gospel lovers and fans furious as he refused to perform during the Night of Worship concert at the Blessings Centre in Lusaka.
The Night of Worship concert was already underway when the singer-cum-pastor refused to go to the venue to perform despite travelling from South Africa.
According to sources close to the organisers, Crystal entertainment, Dube was to perform using the musical equipment that was shown to him in the morning but due to misunderstandings between the promoters and the music system providers, the provider decided to go away with his system, leaving the organisers with no option but settle for a below-par equipment that didn’t please the South African artiste.
Though the music system was the main issue that led to a no-show Dube, the attendance might have also contributed as only a quarter of the 8,000 seater Blessings Centre was occupied amid the rains that evening.
The fans, however, did not lose out completely as their sorrow was turned into happiness when Kings Malembe Malembe and Kabova took over the podium after performances from Ephraim, Mweshi Mulusa , Isreal and Nalu lighted up the night.
Kings Malembe famous for his Uwampela Ameno and Pye Pye Pye hits showed the crowd why he has taken the gospel scene by storm as he performed hit after hit to the admiration of the patrons.
Kabova joined Kings on stage to perform a few comics which went well with the people before Kabova apologised on behalf of the organiser, who bolted, for Dube’s no show.
Rev. Benjamin Dube was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 23, 1962 – the last of five siblings.
With his musical background, he has 15 albums to his name, eight which are still on the market.
I Feel Like Going On album sold Platinum, Praise Explosion 2002 album sold Gold, For Every Mountain. Thank You album sold Platinum, High Praise Explosion “Oh Bless Our God” album sold Gold.
He was nominated as a Finalist in the MTN-SAMA awards under the Best Contemporary Gospel category and received an award for Best Praise and Worship Album in 2007 and also received a Crown Gospel Music award for Best Praise and Worship Artist 2008. One Gospel TV honoured him with two awards, Gospel Legend Award and the Best Contemporary Artist.
Reverend Dube is the Owner of a label called Dube Connection licensing to Sony BMG and Spirit Music. Through the label he employs his other aptitudes as songwriter, author, and producer, discovering and developing young talent. He has developed business partnership with Sony, Spirit Music, Gallo, EMI, BMG, SAMRO, SARRAL, and RISA.
His music ministry has briskly grown internationally, in USA, Sweden, Netherlands, Paris, Australia, Japan and has an office in London-UK.
Benjamin is the founder and CEO of High Praise Centre in Boksburg, Johannesburg, a non-profit making organization that addresses the spiritual needs of men, women and children. HPC inaugurated in 1994 has a membership of over 2000.