Few artists occupy the high space that Dr Rebecca Malope enjoys in the South African music scene. She has released 36 chart breaking albums, sold millions of copies, won countless music awards, honored by institutions of higher learning and above all is respected by her peers and revered by legions of her fans.
Dr Rebecca Malope’s latest album ‘Lord You Are Good’ has proven once again that she has staying power and the ability to grown with the times. With features from Lebo Sekgobela, Zaza Mokhethi, Dumi Mkokstad, Sipho Ngwenya, Takie Ndou, Putuma Tiso, Amadodana Ase Wesile and Soweto Gospel Choir, this album has something for everyone. From praise to worship, traditional gospel to contemporary gospel, the album has a song for every Christian and every occasion.
Stage Name: Rebecca Malope | Music Genre: Gospel | Category: Female Solo
Rebecca Batsogile Malope was born in 1968 in a small town called Lekazi in Mpumalanga. Her life story is one of struggle and triumph and rags to riches. For the first 6 years of her life she could not walk due to a disease she contracted from her mother being brutally abused by her father while she was pregnant. Doctors had concluded that she will never be able to stand on her own two feet however thanks to her mother’s prayers one day she stood up and started walking. Today she is one of the most energetic performers in the continent, known for her energetic stage presence and dance moves.
Her rise to stardom began in 1987 when she entered and won the “Shell Road To Fame” talent competition and her star has not stopped shining since then. After winning the talent search she was determined to sing gospel however she was told by industry executives that gospel music does not sell and she was better placed in the industry as a Pop Star competing against artists such as Brenda Fassie and Yvonne Chaka Chaka. While recording her debut album ‘Woza Lovey’ which had hits such as ‘Ma-G Man’ her music producer Sizwe Zakho managed to convince the record label to allow Rebecca to include one gospel song on the album. The song ‘Sthembele Kuwe’ became the biggest song on Rebecca’s debut album and showcased her ability to inspire and move the nation through her powerful, soulful voice. The success of the song lead her down the path of being the Gospel music sensation that has released multiple gospel anthems that inspired generations for over 30 years.
In 1990 Rebecca won the OKTV Award of Best South African female artist. In 1993 it is estimated that more than one million listeners voted for her as Best Local Established Artist in the Coca Cola Full Blast Music Award Music Show. She won this in 1993 and 1994. With respect to sales, all of her first ten gospel albums went gold and the last six were platinum. Malope has sold more than two million copies of her recordings. In 1995 her CD Shwele Baba sold more than 1 million copies in the three weeks after its release, becoming the fastest selling CD in the South African music history. In 1996 she lost her father, brother and sister in tragic circumstances. This did not stop her from producing music, which she believes is her divine vocation. Between 1995 and 2004 Rebecca and her backing group Pure Magic toured in Europe, Middle East (in particular Israel), America and Africa. While traveling in Israel in 1995 she shot a 52-minute Easter special for national broadcast on Good Friday. She then contracted to sing the National Anthem at the Double World Boxing Title fight, televised live in 30 countries worldwide.
In 2003 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of Natal for her contribution to music and in December of that year she won the Kora Award for Best Gospel Singer.
Her music has given birth to new believers, entrenched faith in those who started to doubt themselves and brought back hundreds from their suicide attempts. Malope, through her immense talent and voice has comforted many women who couldn’t bear children, struggling to support their families or were in abusive relationships. And many more men and women whose hearts have been broken by the death or loss of their loved ones have found strength in the spiritual booster that is her music.
Rebecca’s music indeed reaches people from all walks of life and from all over the world. Some of her performing successes include:
- Singing at Nelson Mandela’s Presidential inauguration in 1994;
- Performing with the National Symphony Orchestra in 1994;
- Playing the Pretoria State Theatre in 1995;
- Packing out the Natal Playhouse Opera Theatre in November 1997;
- Igniting the stage at a Gospel festival in Washington DC in 1997,
- and performing in countries like Israel (where she made history by travelling to Israel where a CCV TV crew shot a 52-minute Easter special for national broadcast on Good Friday, 15 April 1995), the UK, America and many African countries.
Despite all of these tremendous accomplishments and accolades, heartaches and struggles, Rebecca refuses to forget her roots and her biggest mentor, her Lord. And she’s always pushing herself forward – in particular honing her songwriting talent. Since she joined SAMRO Rebecca has notified more than 70 songs! She is the original gospel superstar who performs mostly new compositions and her unique style of singing has been imitated by many young artists and continues to be an inspiration to upcoming singers.
Her TV show on SABC2 unearths new talent on a weekly basis. While her role as a judge in the South African version of the international television show “Clash of the Choirs” showcases her musical expertise and helps unearth the country’s next big choral group. She is the big sister whose wisdom and words of encouragement helps fuel the ambitions of the next crop of gospel stars.
She is not called the Queen of Gospel for nothing. Her reach and appeal remains strong over the years and she steadfastly keeps up the standards and exploring new terrain with her music.
Malope’s talent is not only enjoyed and recognised in South Africa but across the continent and the world. She has performed in the USA, United Kingdom, Paris, Germany, Nigeria, Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Ghana and Angola to name a few.
She has a few firsts to her name. Chief of which is being the first black artist and woman to perform at the State Theatre in Pretoria after the unbanning of apartheid. Most recently she is the first South African artist to have a song (Uthando Lwam’) included in the American Christian Churches hymnbook. She has been an ambassador for Cell C, Sunlight Soap and a brand of Korean pots and currently serves as a brand ambassador for Ariel Washing Powder and Shell.
Not bad for a little girl from a rural township called Lekazi near the Kruger National Park, who went to school on an empty stomach and without shoes, didn’t finish school and lived on the streets. She hiked 400km from home to Evaton in Gauteng and pursued her dream. Hers is a story of resilience, determination and chutzpah. A true reminder of Phillipians 4:13 which says “I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me”
Currently, you can see her in action on your television screens every Sunday on SABC 2’s ‘It’s Gospel Time”. Her previous television roles include being a Judge on Mzansi Magic’s “Clash Of The Choirs”, being a celebrity guest judge on SA IDOLS in 2018 and 2019, having a guest performance on South Africa’s number 1 soapie ‘Generations’ and playing a pastor’s wife on Muvhango.
Rebecca Malope, Sis Ribs, Doctor Malope is a legend in her own lifetime. She is a national treasure to be cherished. Thirty years of committed service to the music industry and many SA Music Awards Crown Gospel Music Awards, MetroFM Music Awards, Kora All Africa Music Awards later. Music trends will come and go, and styles will change, but Malope will remain the rock of ages!
- In 2017 Dr Rebecca won the South African Music Award’s (SAMA’s) Life Time Music Award.
- In 2018 she was awarded a life time achievement award at the Mzansi Magic Viewers Choice Award
- 2016 marked Dr Rebecca Malope’s 30th year in the music industry. She celebrated her 30th Anniversary in the UK in Birmingham on the 7th of May 2016. She also held a 30th Anniversary Celebration Concert at Carnival City Big Top Arena on the 3rd of December 2016 where she told her life story though a musical theatre production.
- She is the current Ariel Washing Powder Ambassador as well as one of the Shell V-Power brand influencers.
- Cheated (Ngizobathola) – 1988
- Woza Lovey – 1989
- Thank You Very Much – 1989
- Buyani – 1990
- Saturday Night – 1991
- Rebecca Sings Gospel – 1992
- Ngiyekeleni – 1993
- Umoya Wam’– 1994
- Shwele Baba – 1995
- Uzube Nam’ – 1996
- Free At Last – 1997
- Angingedwa – 1997
- Somlandela – 1998
- Ukholo lwam’ – 1999
- Siyabonga – 2000
- SabelÚyabizwa – 2001
- Iyahamba Lenqola – 2002
- Hlala Nami – 2003
- Qaphelsni – 2005
- Umthombo – 2006
- Umoya Wam’
- Rebecca Sings Gospel
- Live At The State Theatre
- My Hero
- Live In Soweto
- Christmas With Rebecca And Friends
- Shwele Baba
- Bayos’Khomba – 2013
- Ama VIP – 2014
- Lord You Are Good – 2019
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