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Known professionally as Dr Rebecca Malope, is a multi-award-winning South African gospel singer. African gospel singer She is known as “The African Queen of Gospel.” Her music career spans more than three decades. She has sold at least 10 million albums worldwide, making her one of the biggest selling gospel artists of all time. Most of her released 35 albums have reached multi-platinum status.
Since 2004, she has been the hostess of the TV show It’s Gospel Time where she never forgets to say “Masimshayeleni’Zandla,” which is loosely translated as “let us give him/her a round of applause. In 2013 she was one of the judges in Clash of Choirs South Africa.
Early Life Of Rebecca Malope
Rebecca Malope was born in 1968 in Lekazi near Nelspruit in South African gospel singer. At an early age she was confined to a wheelchair after an illness and for a time, doctors believed that she would not walk again. Her family was very poor and in 1986 Rebecca and her sister Cynthia hiked 400 km from their home to the Johannesburg township of Evaton to seek work.
In 1986 she meet Sizwe Zako at Gallo Studios and Sizwe remembered her from their unsuccessful auditions. Zako felt with his guidance that Malope could win the Shell Road to Fame were she to enter the competition as solo artist. In 1987, Malope entered the contest as solo artist and in that year Rebecca Malope won Shell Road to Fame in the category of Female Vocalist with the gospel song Shine On, dedicated to political unrest during Apartheid in South Africa.
Despite winning Shell Road to Fame, she struggled to find a record company. Finally she was given a recording contract by MFM but was told that gospel music was off-limits. She was pushed to perform disco songs in order to sell records to compete with Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Mercy Phakela who were the biggest female artists at the time.
In 1992, Malope released a full gospel album Rebecca Sings Gospel. The album was well received by music critics, media, and fans, and raised Malope’s fame since she was the first gospel artist who’s songs were played together with mainstream music like pop and Afrikaans music. To this date the album has sold over one million copies and is regarded as one of best gospel albums of all time in South Africa.
Rebecca has performed at many music festivals across the country, becoming known as the ‘Queen of Gospel’, and continues to inspire listeners globally. She has collaborated with various musicians to record her albums, most notably Vuyo Mokoena. Though she does sing in a variety of languages, her music is sung mostly in Zulu. In 2004 Malope began her own SABC-2 TV talk show called Gospel Time. Today ‘Ribs’, as she is affectionately known, writes and produces most of her music. She currently lives in Johannesburg where she has her own studio.
In 2004 despite being told she could not bear children, Rebecca became pregnant but then suffered a miscarriage. That year she legally adopted the daughters of her sister Cynthia who died of AIDS-related diseases.
1994 – Best Gospel Singer
1997 – Best Selling Album for Uzube Nam’
1998 – Best African Gospel Artist & Best Selling Album for Angingedwa
1999 – Best Female Artist and Best African Gospel for Somlandela
2002 – Best Gospel Artist for Sabel Uyabizwa
2003 – Best African Gospel Artist for Iyahamba Lenqola
2004 – Best African Gospel Artist for Hlala Nami
1998 – Hola-Ma-G-Man
1995 – Shwele Baba
1996 – Uzube Nam’
1996 – Live at the State Theatre
1997 – Angingedwa
1997 – Free at Last: South African Gospel
1998 – Somlandela
1999 – Ukholo Lwam’
2000 – Siyabonga
2000 – Christmas With Rebecca and Friends
2001 – Sabel Uyabizwa
2002 – Ngiyekeleni
2002 – Iyahamba Lenqola
2003 – Hlala Nami