Rebecca Malope Biography
Rebecca Malope whose real name is Batsogile Lovederia Malope is a South African christian gospel musician. Malope is known as the African Queen of Gospel.
Rebecca Malope Age
She was born on 30th June 1968 in Mpumalanga, South Africa. She is 50 years old as of 2018. In her early age, she was confined to a wheelchair after an illness to which Doctors believed that she would not be able to walk on her own. As a child, together with her sisters sang hymns in the local church, and later on, as a teen, she joined a gospel group which eventually led her to Johannesburg to which she was brought to the attention of producer Zizwe Zakho
Rebecca Malope Family
Rebecca Malope was told by the doctors that she would not have kids but she later got pregnant but unfortunately, she got a miscarriage. Her sister died after she was shot by her boyfriend and she left along 3 kids and Malope took the role of being their mother.
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She is happily married to Themba Tshabalala. Themba Tshabalala is a manager at Krone, an import and export firm.
Rebecca Malope Children
Rebecca does not have any children of her own due to complications. However, she adopted her sister’s children after the sister died.
Rebecca Malope Career
Rebecca Malope career in music began in 1984. In 1985 she entered Shell Road to Fame together with the band she was with, they were eliminated from the first round of the competition.
In 1987 Rebecca Malope entered Shell Road to Fame as solo artist and she won the female vocalist with song Shine On. She was later given a recording contract by MFM but she was told that gospel music does not have sales she will have to do disco in order to sell. Sizwe Zako convinced the bosses of MFM to include one gospel song in Malope debut album Sthembile Kuwe, the song was well received than pop songs in the album, the album was called Rebecca.
In 1989 Malope further released two albums in one year Thank you very much and Woza Lovey both albums reached platinum status. In 1990 Rebecca Malope released Buyani the title track Buyani it was dedicated to struggle hero’s particularly Nelson Mandela which it was the year he was released from Roben Island prison.
Rebecca Malope Albums
Ukuthula – 2011
Shwele Baba – 2009
Uzohamba Nami – 2010
Amakholwa – 2009
Siyabonga – 2005
Ngiyekeleni – 2009
Saturday Nite – 2009
Ujehova Ungn’ Madida – 2008
Buyani – 2009
Rebecca Sings Gospel – 2009
Rebecca – 2011
Iyahamba Lenqola – 2009
What A Girl Wants – 2007
Picture Me – 2006
Greatest Hits – 2006
Christmas With Rebecca And Friends – 2003, EP
My Hero – 2009
Side by Side – 2015, EP
Rebecca Malope Songs – Rebecca Malope Gospel Songs
Don’t Let Me Die
Thank you Lord
I will always call him
I will be free
Bless the Lord
Take my hand
I’ll Bide my time
Modimo Oa Ka
I Love Him
In His Hands
Rebecca Malope Awards
1987: Shell Road to Fame Best Female Vocalist
1990: OKTV Awards Best Female Artist
1993: Cocoa Cola Full blust music show: Best Established Local Artist
1994: Cocoa Cola Full blust music show: Best Established Local Artist
1995: South African Music Awards Best Contemporary Gospel Album
1997: South African Music Awards Best Female Artist
1997: South African Music Awards Best Selling Album
1998: South African Music Awards Best African Gospel Album
1998: South African Music Awards Best Selling African Release Album
1998: South African Music Awards Best Selling Album by South African
1999: South African Music Awards Best African Gospel.
2000: Metro FM Music Awards Best Gospel Album
2001: South African Music Awards Best African Gospel Album
2002: South African Music Awards Best African Gospel Album
2002: Metro FM Music Awards Best Gospel Album
2003: South African Music Awards Best African Gospel Album
2003: Kora Awards Best Female African Gospel Artist
2004: South African Music Awards Best African Gospel Album
2005: Metro FM Music Awards Best Gospel Album
2006: South African Music Awards Best African/Traditional Gospel Album
2007: South African Music Awards Best African Contemporary Gospel Album
2008: SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards Best Artist
2009: South African Music Awards Best African Traditional Gospel Album
2014: South African Music Awards Best Traditional Faith Music Album
2015: SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards Classic of All Time
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Dr Rebecca Malope propelled herself into the South African gospel music scene in 1987 when she won the Shell Road to Fame contest and she isn’t slowing down yet. Rebecca will be performing at Carnival City during December, bringing her very special blend of music to the stage in her Jubilee Gospel Show. We caught up with Dr Malope as she prepares her setlist for the upcoming show at the Big Top Arena.
Rebecca, you have an incredible history as a Gospel Singer but what has struck us so much is your pure determination that’s shone throughout your life. Many published reports state that you left home and hiked to Evaton, and then travelled to Johannesburg at the tender age of 18. Can you tell us about that?
Rebecca Malope: Yes, that’s correct. I hiked from Mpumalanga, determined to fulfill my dream of becoming a singer. I moved to Orlando, Soweto in 1986 and then entered and won the Shell Road to Fame contest in 1987.
Did you have a back-up plan if your career in gospel music didn’t take off? So if you weren’t the Queen of Gospel Music, what would you be the queen of?
Rebecca Malope: Hah! I never really had a back-up plan. When I won Shell Road to Fame, it just made me even more determined to be successful in my career. But, if it hadn’t worked out, I would have studied and perhaps gone into acting. Or I’d have trained to be a chef because there’s nothing I love more than cooking!
Rebecca, you’ve released an astounding about of albums since your first one in 1986 – 35 albums so far! What’s your secret? How do you keep it fresh?
Rebecca Malope: After 28 years in the music industry and 35 albums, I still haven’t run out of inspiration. Because I am, almost always, travelling and meeting new people, I am inspired by the world around us. I receive a lot of letters from fans and sometimes find my inspiration through interacting with them. Sometimes, I even wake up in the middle of the night with a song idea and desperate need to immediately write it down. That’s why it’s great that I have a recording studio in my house, so I can get up and put it all down whenever inspiration strikes, or God speaks to me.
You’re well known for the most beautiful outfits on stage – how do you travel with them?
Rebecca Malope: I make sure that I pack my outfits well and plan correctly. I’d hate to over-pack or under-pack so specifically count out the days I’ll be away from home and how many shows I’ll be doing, including any outfit changes required. Sometimes I have my assistant help me with choosing and packing for tours and shows.
Your recent performance at Senzo Meyiwa’s funeral was incredibly touching. I cannot think of a more fitting musical act to pay tribute to our fallen soccer star. With such an incredible loss on our hands, how do you hope South Africa can pull together to try and eradicate crime?
Rebecca Malope: Reporting crime is so important because it helps us to deal with incidents more promptly but government and all citizens must work together to expose criminal activity and make sure proper punishments are applied. I’m very passionate about preventing and dealing with crime, and believe that we must also raise our children correctly. Parents must commit to being good examples for their children and living life right, teaching our children to live their life well.
And lastly, your show at Carnival City in December – what can fans look forward to? Will you be performing a mix of your classics or focus more on tracks from your new album?
Rebecca Malope: Ah, sometimes it’s so hard to choose – I feel like I must choose at least one song from each CD and it becomes very difficult to select! Sometimes I have an assistant help me choose the best songs for the setlist or I ask the venue to make recommendations, in line with what their audience may like. But I can promise the Carnival City show audience that they’ll get the very best of Dr Rebecca Malope!