Benjamin Dube 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. A Gospel legend of Africa. He began the journey of his calling in ministry in 1986 when he recorded a single – HOLY SPIRIT which was a cross-over hit song and chart buster on local radio stations and sold over 25 000 units in the year of its release in RSA.
Thirteen years later, he cut a deal with Harmony Records in New York USA under Epic Record Label and recorded his first live album – “I Feel Like Going On” which sold over platinum in RSA only. His music ministry has briskly grown internationally, in USA, Sweden, Netherlands, Paris, Australia, Japan, London – UK and Across the continent of Africa.
Bishop Benjamin Dube was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 23 1962, the last of five siblings. His parents, educators and evangelist Benjamin Snr and Grace (Singer) Dube in Assemblies of God Church (Back to God Crusade) under the late Bishop Nicholas Bhengu.
Bishop Benjamin Dube is the founder and CEO of High Praise Centre in Vosloorus, Johannesburg: a non-profit organization that addresses the spiritual needs of men, women and children. High Praise Centre inaugurated in 1994 is a family affair of over a 1500 membership.
- 1996 Hope SA Awards - Most Outstanding National Gospel Artist
- 1997 SABC AGMA Awards – Best Gospel Artist
- 2003 Redeemed Ministry – Recognition Award
- 2007/2008 PANSALB – Multi- Lingualism & National Building Male Artist of The Decade
- 2008 One Gospel Awards – Best Traditional Gospel Artist, Best Praise and Worship Gospel Artist and The Legend Award
- 2009 P.B Magethi - Bishop’s Gospel Missionary Award
- 2009, 14th MTN SAMA Awards – Best Urban Gospel Album (In His Presence)
- 2009, Crown Gospel Music Awards - Best Male Artist
- 2015 Mzansi Gospel Music Awards – DVD of the Year (Healing In His Presence)
- 2016 Eight Crown Gospel Music Awards – Best Gospel Album (Sanctified In His Presence
- 2016 Africa Gospel Music Awards – Best Gospel Album (Healing IN His Presence)
- 2017 Crown Gospel Music Awards – Best Gospel Producer and Best Gospel DVD (Victorious In His Presence)
- 2018 First Instalment BET Sunday Best Africa Judge
- 2020 South African Music Awards Life time Life Time Achievent Award
- 2020 South African Music Awards Best Faith Music Contemporary Album (Glory In His Presence)
- 2020 South African Music Awards Best Live Audio Visual Recording (Glory In His Presence)
In addition to His music ministry, Bishop Benjamin Dube is a sought after itinerary speaker. He spoke in former president Nelson Mandela’s “Freedom of the City” award presentation, sharing podiums with both Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki’s presidential inaugurations. He is a well-travelled preacher, and has shared podiums with Bishop TD Jakes, Bishop John Francis, Bishop Tudor Bismark, Kirk Franklin, Andrae Crouch, Israel Houghton and many other renowned speakers and musicians. Bishop Benjamin Dube has also performance for His Majesty King Mswati III ( Swaziland)
He has completed His Degree in Psychology with UNISA. As senior Pastor of High Praise Centre, he speaks to more than 1500 people every Sunday, not counting the 7 churches under High Praise Centre Vosloorus and 2 churches which are currently submitting to Him as a covering.
Bishop Dube is the CEO and founder of Dube Connection Enterprise ; a music label licensing to SonyBMG, Spirit Musicans UMG. Through the label He employs His other aptitudes as songwriter, author, and producer/arranger, discovering and developing young talent. Thus far, the label has produced six albums, In His Presence – Sold Double Platinum (More than 60 000 units), Worship In His Presence – Sold Double Platinum, Healing In His Presence – Sold Double Platinum, Renewal In His Presence – Gold status ( 20 000 units ) , Sanctified In His Presence – Platinum Status ( 30 0000 Units) and Victorious In His Presence – Platinum Status. He has developed business partnership with Sony, Spirit Music, Gallo, EMI, BMG, SAMRO, SARRAL, and RISA.
He founded Artist Hope Arise (AHA) in 2009 and also co-founded God’s worshipers Convocation (GWC) in the same year. The first convocation was in September 2009. Secular and gospel artists, and celebrities have frequently asked Bishop Benjamin Dube for counselling and His wisdom.
Bishop Benjamin Dube has been a guest of several national television and radio programs, also been a presenter of Gospel TV shows and has made news in every newspaper and magazine in South Africa. In December 2004, Sunday Sun-Newspaper named him the most influential celebrity of the month with integrity.
Bishop Benjamin has been blessed with four (4) sons from Phindile and the last-born son from Thabile, and lives in the south of Johannesburg, RSA. Bishop Benjamin Dube has an awesome trade mark of In His Presence, Worship In His Presence, Healing In His Presence, Renewal In His Presence, Sanctified In His Presence, Victorious In His Presence and the Latest being Glory In His Presence as the 7th Live IHP Album Instalment. The In His Presence Trade mark is founded on ministering to God as the main audience thus ushering the power of God on earth through worship.
To date he has changed the Gospel landscape by un earthing new talent as he continues to pioneer as a Gospel Legend who has been in the SA Music Industry for over 30years. He has mentored, fathered and inspired many Gospel and Secular artists to thrive in their craft in the industry both in production and music.
Also through the Benjamin Dube Foundation he has recently given back to communities in providing relief with food parcels and toiletries during the COVID19 pandemic.
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