South African gospel diva Rebecca Malope is ready to excite Harare with her classic praise and worship tunes when she performs at Harare Gardens on May 28 with many other local female gospel musicians.
According to organisers of the show, Malope is ecstatic about returning to Zimbabwe for another dance with her local fans.
She will share the stage with local female gospel musicians that include Mai Charamba, Mercy Mutsvene, Amanda Sagonda, Joyce Simeti and Olinda Marowa among many others.
“Malope is really excited about coming back to Zimbabwe. She enjoyed the show the last time she was here and says she has been missing her fans whom she is ready to excite with her music,” said the organisers.
“She has visited the country on numerous occasions and knows the hits that her local fans enjoy. She said we should tell her fans that she has some new stuff for them and they should look forward to an energetic performance as usual.”
Malope will be leading the list of female musicians in the concert dubbed “Gospel Divas” that seeks to promote and celebrate female musicians.
The Gospel Divas concert has been hosted by Red Rose Entertainment for many years and has successfully proved that women can stand their ground in the male-dominated industry.
Red Rose Entertainment came up with the idea after realising that most promoters were shunning female musicians and going for male singers at most shows.
More than 10 local female musicians will have a chance to showcase their talents and Malope will cap the concert with her golden classics and new songs.
She is known for leaving a mark whenever she visits the country and fans will be ready for another memorable occasion.
Malope’s experience makes her one of the best female gospel musicians in the region.
She launched her career in the mid 80’s when she won the Best Vocalist Award at a prestigious ceremony.
She then enlisted the services of producer Sizwe Zako and engaged Peter Tladi as her manager.
The pop debut album of this singer, new to the music business, did not sell well.
Rebecca subsequently switched to gospel music and received much media coverage, especially radio play, so crucial to local artists.
In 1990 Rebecca won the OKTV Award of Best South African female artiste. In 1993 it is estimated that more than one million listeners voted for her as Best Local Established Artiste 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 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.
Rebecca has performed at many music festivals in SA and travelled to many countries, 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.
She has toured the region extensively and her return to Zimbabwe is likely to be an exciting tour. The Herald