Benjamin Dube, born Bonani Benjamin Dube is a South African gospel songwriter, singer, music producer and pastor.
He is the last born son of the late Reverend Benjamin Dube (Senior) and Mrs. Grace Dube.
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 chartbuster on local radio stations and sold over 25 000 units in the year of its release in RSA.
Today we take a look a the biography of Rev. Benjamin below:
Benjamin Dube Full Name, Age, Hometown and Early Life
Reverend Benjamin Dube was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 23rd, 1962. He is 57 years old as of 2019. He is the last of five siblings.
His parents were educators and evangelist Benjamin Snr and Grace Dube in Assemblies of God Church under the late Bishop Nicholas Bhengu.
He developed a love for playing the guitar at the age of 9. By age 11, he played drums and bass guitar.
His mother, Grace would call all of them as children to come and sing, teaching them songs and how to harmonize.
In 1974, his family started singing in the church as Dube Family Singers and Benjamin played the guitar and sang at the same time.
Benjamin used to sing a hit song by Edwin Hawkins called “Oh Happy Day” in his father’s tent meetings. When he was 14, his father (Reverend Benjamin (senior)) was murdered.
In 1977, the Dube Family Singers continued with the late father’s legacy and toured the Netherlands with their mother.
He went to Daliwonga Secondary School. He has a Degree in Psychology.
Benjamin Dube Parents
His father (Reverend Benjamin Dube (Senior)) was a guitarist and his mother (Mrs. Grace Dube) was a singer.
Benjamin Dube Personal Life
He is was married to Mapila Thabile Dube and they had four sons. He has divorced twice and uses his experience to counsel people on matters pertaining to marriage.
Benjamin has four sons. Three of them are part of The Dube Brothers. These are Mthokozisi Dube, Sihle Dube, and Buhle Dube.
Benjamin Dube Career, Awards, and Nominations
While on tour in the Netherlands, their mother shared with them how their father had been murdered.
This inspired them to record the album “Vader vergeef he then” – Dutch, meaning “Father forgive them” – composed by the young Bonani Benjamin Dube. In 1979, the family recorded another album “Amen” under a local label.
In 1980 while at Daliwonga Secondary School, he founded a singing group, “Share the Good News”.
Benjamin entered a SABC talent search Competition and won 1st prize and got a Stereo Cassette player and grocery hamper from OK Bazaar.
From that SABC talent search, he was spotted by a secular artist by the name of Sello “Chicco” Twala.
Chicco was about to start a pop band called “Image“. He invited Benjamin Dube to become the lead vocalist for the band.
That was the start of a fruitful relationship between Benjamin Dube and Chicco Twala.
Together with Image, they did three projects in which Benjamin wrote one song called “Valencia“. Later in 1984/85, Benjamin recorded a family album – “We Pray for Love” followed by his 1st single – “I Live Joyfully“.
When Chicco left Image to go solo he called Benjamin to join him in a company called Dephon Records.
In 1986, he began the journey of his calling into ministry when he recorded the single, ‘HOLY SPIRIT’ as Benjamin and The Youth Choir.
In 1988, he released another album “EBENEZER” featuring the late Lucky Dube with Gallo Records.
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.
He is also an itinerary speaker. He has spoken in president Nelson Mandela’s “Freedom of the City” award presentation.
In 2009 he founded Artist Hope Arise (AHA) and also co-founded God’s worshipers’ Convocation (GWC).
He is the founder and CEO of the High Praise Centre in Boksburg, Johannesburg: a non-profit organization that addresses the spiritual needs of men, women, and children.
He is the owner of Dube Connection; a music label licensing to SonyBMG and Spirit Music.
Benjamin Dube Net Worth
He is one of the richest Gospel artists in South Africa with an estimated net worth of $10 Million.
Benjamin Dube Latest Songs
Benjamin Dube has manyto his credit. Among them are worldwide hits such as You Will Never Leave Me, The Only One, No Foreign God, I Am a Man among others. You can listen to and download Benjamin Dube’s music
Benjamin Dube Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
He goes by the username @revbenjamindube on Instagram, @benjamindube on Twitter and simply Benjamin Dube on facebook.