Gospel queen come for home fest

RETHABILE MOHONO

MASERU – The queen of gospel Rebecca Malope is expected to perform at the Coming Home Festival in Maseru next week. With the festival scheduled for October 3 at Mathabiseng Convention centre, tickets are already selling like hotdog at Shoprite, Competicket and M-pesa mobile money services.

The first all music genre concert According to one of the organisers Sekonyela Matamane is meant to bring families and friends together during the independence holidays. “This would be an inaugural annual concert with a family and friendly ambiance with your loved ones, since this is that time of the year where most people visit their families for independence holidays,” he said.

Matamane further indicated that the concert would feature well-known artistes such as Thebe, Selimo Thabane, Dj Alex, Johnny Mokhali, Leomile Teboho, Morena Leraba, Napolinah, Juvy and Rebecca Malope, to mention few. “With this kind of line up that involves different kinds of genres we made sure that we cater for everyone, from young to old,” Matamane said explaining that it has been a while since queen of gospel Rebecca Malope performed in the country and that the Coming Home Festival brings her back to mountain kingdom.

Malope is among the most loved gospel musicians not only in SA but also in Lesotho. She gained her fame in the 80s after she won Best vocalist category with Shine On. The award launched her music career. She then enlisted the services of producer Sizwe Zako and engaged Peter Tladi as her manager. She was then a pop singer, new to the music business. Rebecca subsequently switched to gospel music and received much and wider media coverage, especially radio play, which is so crucial for artistes to grow.

Ever since, the musician according to South African History Online, Rebecca won various kinds of awards. In 1993 it was estimated that more than one million listeners voted for her as Best Local Established Artist in the Coca Cola Full Blast Music Award Show. With respect to sales, all of her first 10 gospel albums went gold and the last six were platinum.

Malope has sold more than two million copies of her recordings. Rebecca has performed at many music festivals across the globe, becoming known as the ‘Queen of Gospel’, and continues to inspire listeners. 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.

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