Gospel Artiste of the Week: JAMES OKONDOD Media
Hello wonderful people, we trust all is well with you. Welcome to another beautiful Tuesday . On our platform today, we will be taking you into the space of one of Nigeria’s best gospel artiste with a uniqueness to his styles of music.
James Uko Okon is a Nigerian-based musician based in Dallas, Texas. He is originally from Akwa-Ibom State in Nigeria but he was born in NIFOR in Benin City, Edo State in Nigeria. He is the fourth in the family of eight and the second of a set of twin.
After a four-year degree program in History/International Relations and Education at the Lagos State University (LASU), between 1995/96 and 2000, he proceeded to South Africa to study at the Rhema Bible Training Centre and within three years, he also trained for a certificate program in Creative Ministries Major (Music), a diploma in Ministerial Training Major, A higher diploma in Ministerial Training Major, a diploma with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music-London, by correspondence, and a certificate in Christian Counselling Major.
He worships with the Redeemed Christian Church of God as a member and as the Regional music director for Southern Africa 2 region. He is also an ordained pastor with the same church and also run the King David’s Family (KDF) Music Ministry, a registered music organization that caters for all Christian music needs ranging from consultations to training, recordings and any kind of religious event.
As a professional musician and music minister, he has been privileged to minister and perform on grand stages of government music festivals, as well as regular gospel concerts and day to day church and Christian functions across South Africa, Nigeria and beyond..
He has collaborated and worked with numerous individual artists and groups, from known to unknown, up coming to the very best in the industry in South Africa and beyond. A few of them would be, the Legendary Rev. Benjamin Dube (EH YAHWEH LIVE). Another African gospel legend, Pastor Lionel Petersen of the Rejoice Africa Integrity Music Fame.
He has also won Kora and Channel ‘O’ awards winning Jazz artist-Kunle Ayo (BABA RERE), armed 4 Harvest Worship Team. He has also participated with Lufuno Buda on his live DVD recording and Don Stephens – Jehovah turn my life around.
He has also been privileged to share grand stages and rub minds with both local and international legends of different genres and calibers namely, Dr. Ron Kenoly, Israel Houghton, Kirk Franklin, Andrea Crouch, Muyiwa of Riversong and premier radio- London east. and the very many and notable indigenous artists and music ministers within South Africa as a nation and the larger continent of Africa as well. He is also regularly on the local television channels and most radio air-wave in South Africa.
His music ministry and activities have also received international appreciations through satellite television channels like One Gospel (Africa’s only Christian television channel based in South Africa, Africa Magic, Omega Channel, TKC Broadcasting Network, Adonai Broadcasting Network, Manna TV, John 3:16, Soweto TV, Redemption television, and Genesis/Revelation TV and Premier radio-in the UK. In addition to the regular interviews and pre-recorded religious debates,he was also a member of the panel of judges for the One Gospel’s Voice of One Choir Competition.
Apart from television and concerts, he is involved in productions either as a producer or as a project facilitator and director. He is also involved in motivating and empowering youths, students at schools, choir and church band on different music related subjects as it relates to church, worship or praise of our God.
Aside several collaborations, he has two live albums to his credit, the first being the Mighty God, released in 2007 and the second being Mambo Sawa-sawa and he has now released Winner Man. His genre of gospel music cuts across nationalities and cultures, geographical precincts and tribes. It is such that both enhance the African (Ubuntu) values and unites all races and tongues together in worship and praise of our God. The grace to sing in diverse languages has endeared and opened great doors for him in many nations of the world.
The KDF worship team is not only saved but also sound and uncompromising at what they do best with in-depth understanding of the altar or platforms. Everyone in the team is a tried and tested administrator, musician or vocalist, sound man or technical crew. They understand the pulpit and have great respect for time, precision and order. Beyond all, they are heaven-minded but also earthly relevant.