Last weekend I had the opportunity to meet a Gospel Musician Bishop Nickodemus Shaboka Jr a.k.a Bishop
Blogger; Praise the Lord may I know Who are you?
My name is Bishop Nickodemus Kisangule Shaboka Junior. I’m 25 years of age.
A pastor and mentor by calling. A professional Journalist, Musician, Actor, Director,
Interpreter, Translator, Narrator, Master of ceremony, Composer and Author. I’m the
last born in a family of six brothers and one daughter. I’m Tanzanian Citizen by birth.
I’m the founder of Season of Harvest Ministry International (SHAMI) based in Tanzania.
Currently I’m serving at City Harvest under Pastor Yared Dondo, my dearest father and
friend. This is my home church where I’m accountable.
Blogger; Wow Thanks ,When did you receive Christ
I was raised a strong catholic, served on the altar since I was seven year of age in
Musoma Cathedral, I was gradually introduced to Pentecostal faith from the 90’s but
personally got converted 13 years ago. I began ministering a year after provided I had
fresh mind and a teachable spirit. God couldn’t hesitate to use me mightily.
Blogger; Amen, What motivate you to be involved in Gospel Music
I was born a worshiper and loved music, in fact 90% of my life is music, I knew I had
a musical talent since nursery school because I used to created musical instruments of
my own and sing to my colleagues. But a year after I received Christ I felt a move to sing
to him because that was the best I could do without taught or told the HOW. So after
getting it right, I was moved to minister to other through music.
Blogger; When did you started and How
Well, I started at Mpakani EAGT in the year 2000, where I founded a group, that
was Calvin(the vocalist), Erasto our drummer (local drum) and me(the song writer). But
later on I moved to Mnazi Mmoja EAGT(Currently Mito ya Baraka) under pastor Erastus
Andrew and joined the Children choir, we had the E-Sisters in the team I remember.
My musical skills kept growing with me day by day. In 2001 I joined Chuo cha Manabii
Calvary Assemblies of God under Pastor Imelda Maboya, frankly speaking my musical
talent was groomed there. I found again another group by the name of DOT COM
GENERRATION were I had Pastor Eliya Mwambamba as my keyboardist, but later on
my brothe Martin Bashando joined me, so we formed a team of three. We recorded
released the first two songs in 2004 that was entitled “Futa Machozi” and “Natamani”
and had a blessed opportunity to be aired in several radio stations in Dar es Salaam. All
Glory I give to God for the progress I’ve had from time to time.
Blogger; How Many Albums do you have? Which are they
As the group we have two albums, the first one is FUTA MACHOZI that was a mix
though I lead several songs and AWAMU NYINGINE the second were Bashando leads
several songs. Actually that is our policy, nobody dominates, we all give each other
chances to be heard. I’m currently working on the third album that will be YESU UKAE
NAMI DvD, followed by pure worship album.
Blogger; Congratulations,How do you see Gospel Music Industry in Tanzania
Gospel Music is advancing but very challenging, I remember the time when we
started singing was just for Gods glory and personal enjoyment, but in these days music
is business. Now many are losing focus that we had in our days were we sung to praise
God and minister to the hearts of people and their needs. But today we have everybody
singing, some are not talent and don’t even have the grace to worship, they just follow
what others are doing. We have other group of pastors and bishops misusing the gift of
music in the church. They discourage musicians by calling them names and deaminizing
they’re gifts. Lastly we have gospel musicians who are typically doing business and not
ministry, this shouldn’t be the focus. I’m not saying they shouldn’t but they should be
focused and keep the fire burning for God and not to making money as the priority. Our
talents should be to God, for God and with God.
Blogger; What can you say for Gospel singers who are incorporating secular themes/styles in Gospel Music and those who have turned backed to sing secular music?
The bible remarks that We are wonderful and fearful made. This statement itself
describes that we Christians (Born again, Holy Ghost Filled) have unique innovations
and inversions of our own, that we don’t have to copy from the world and paste to the
church. Because if you personally stay put to the Holy Spirit, He will give you things that
nobody throughout the history has ever had. And just for clarity, music is music, what
matters is the content and quality, this means spiritual content and divine quality. If
you have these in set, it won’t matter the style you use. Because God has called each
person with a different assignment, and each person has a unique strategy of reaching
out . Part B, those who turn to the world were never in Christ and have never genuinely
tasted the gift of God and experienced His goodness. If you sincerely come to Christ and
have him fully in you, there is no way he can let you go back to Egypt.
Blogger: It has been said that some Gospel Musicians are not serious with God they are just there for their own interest? Is it True or what is your view
This is ever true and it will continue to be, even our LORD and God Jesus said, not
every one that calls him LORD will enter his kingdom. So as I said initially, gospel music
industry was once a ministerial thing or a hobby, but with time it has turned to be
business of great deal, and we have entrepreneurs who are hunting for new business
out there. So they came for money and some are in it as a calling that we will give
Blogger; What is your message to Gospel Musicians in Tanzania
I appreciate all fellas who are in Gospel Music Industry in Tanzania, they are doing
a very good job of preaching Jesus behind closed doors that our basic preaching would
by no means penetrate. I pray that we will take it more serious and re-commit ourselves
to give our best as we focus on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Let
each minister ask him/herself “Why Am I singing?” and the answer to this question will
give us direction. And to the entrepreneurs, I also appreciate them because the bible
remarks that “In whatever way, the gospel must be preached. Let’s serve him heartedly,
the LORD is near.
Blogger; Your message to Tanzania Church?
It is time for the church to step out of denomination box and join hands together
as the body of Christ seeing that the day is approaching. Let us be focused and do the
work of him who has sent us while it’s still day, the night comes that we won’t be able.
Let us be identified and Christians and not through our denominations. Let’s reach the
point of agreeing to disagree and remain in unity. We need to be able to have a say as
the church in the country. It is a shame how scattered we are. The Lord’s Prayer in
John 17. He prayed that we may be one as the trinity. May all Bishops, Pastors, Apostles and
all ministers know that Jesus left behind the Church and not Denominations and tittles.
He commissioned us to preach, baptize and teach that is to make disciples of Christ not
fighting each other as for who is the best. May God help us.
Blogger; Your favourite Gospel Musicians
I love all Gospel musicians and I appreciate them all in and out of Tanzania, they are
the best people I value. Because God has used each of them in particular to speak to my
life, uplift my spirit, heal my wounds, answer my prayers and so much more. I cann
out list each by names because they are many. All I can say, God bless you and keep it
Amen Bishop Thanks Very Much May God Bless you in your good work that you are doing.