Gospel Artiste of the Week: BUKOLA BEKESDOD Media
Olubukunola Bekes, popularly known as Bukola Bekes on stage, has been a chorister from her early age. She is described as an exceptional singer who hails from a music family. She was born in Lagos State, Nigeria and she has severally led ‘The Redeemed Christian Church of God Mass choir’ and also composed most of the theme songs for The Redeemed Monthly Special Holy Ghost Services, Conventions and Holy Ghost Congresses with the help of God. She is one of the Praise and Worship Leader of the City of David Parish, Lagos Province 4 ( Apapa family Headquarter).
She is a Composer, Writer, Praise and Worship leader and a passionate singer whose stage performance captivates her audience. She has also ministered at the Festival of Life, one of the biggest all night programme held at the Excel Centre London, United Kingdom. She has ministered at several Ministries home and abroad and at various Redeemed Christian Church of God Parishes in Nigeria, some Africa countries and London, United Kingdom. She has also ministered on the same platform with the likes of Pastor Kunle Ajayi,Ron Kennoly, Brian Cage, Kirk Franklin,Muyiwa Olarewaju, Midnite Crew,Mike Aremu, Sammy okposo, just to mention a few.
She has a Band called “Olubukunola Bekes & The Paradise Minstrel” and God has been using them for His glory. She is married to Mr Damilola Bekes, who is a Saxophonist , Music Arranger/ Producer and God has blessed them with wonderful Children. Bukola Bekes is fondly called Olorikokoro (Master Key), by most Redeemed members and this is because during the Holy Ghost Congress of the year 2005 that was tagged The Master Key, she composed and led two songs, one in English and the other one in a Yoruba language, for the whole week of that particular Holy Ghost congress and this resulted to her being referred to as “OLORIKOKORO” (MASTER KEY). She has 3 Albums titled: I AM TIRED OF THE VALLEY, ARIWO AYO AND MIGHTY GOD.
Bukola spoke extensively in one of the interviews about her latest album “Mighty God”, saying that most of the songs on it were inspired by her love and dedication to the Lord. She also promised it will be uplifting and will inspire a lot of people, especially those who need a spiritual recharge. There are fourteen tracks on the album, and all of them describe how mighty, great and glorious God is. She also says that the album teaches faithfulness and devotion. She says that she has always known her calling from her teen age, which is why she cannot delve into performing hip-hop because her calling is gospel music and it is also her brand that made her famous and well-known. She believes gospel genre can make a large impact on people and music industry.
Speaking of financial income from her albums, Bukola Bekes revealed that she did not earn much money from her first two releases because marketing is a tricky business. However, this did not stop her from recording and releasing spiritual music, because she is happy that the songs bless people’s souls and make them feel more relaxed. She has put lots of effort in promoting her third album ‘Mighty God’. Bukola Bekes is truly an interesting personality, and if you are interested in gospel music, you will be happy to find out more from her biography and learn her opinions on faith, music, and family. Her official website is www.olubukunolabekes.com