The gospel according to Dr Rebecca Malope
Star talks about being ugogo,a businesswoman and her upcoming book
FOR years gospel queen, Dr Rebecca Malope, has uplifted souls through her charisma and powerful gospel music. Many things have changed for the multiaward-winning star since she shot to fame 31 years ago. She is growing her brand and enjoying spending time with family.
GROWING HER BRAND
As if her music is not keeping her busy enough, Rebecca is busy penning a book about her rags to riches story. She says she hopes it will inspire people to search for their own purpose in life.
“I’m taking my time. I don’t want to rush the book to avoid mistakes. I want it to be something that will inspire generations to come,” says Rebecca, who is also a property mogul.
When Rebecca is not busy working, she enjoys being a grandmother. One of her late sister’s daughters, who recently got married, has a baby that she adores.
NEW ALBUM ON THE WAY
Rebecca’s fans, who have not heard from her for two years now, will be thrilled to know that she is working on a 16-track praise and worship album that will feature well-known local artists.
“This will be my first album under my own production company, Lehlohonolo Music. I have taken my time to produce it because I want to create something that will have staying power,” she says.
THE GOOD AND THE BAD
Her powerful voice and spirit have always defined the image of a star. Always ready to flash a smile, you would be forgiven to think that Rebecca’s life has always been a walk in the park. Celebrating her 31st year in the music industry, Rebecca says although she has had great times in her journey, she has also shed a few tears.
“I have enjoyed lots of love from my fans. I have seen God changing lives through my music and I have had the opportunity to spread the word of God through the talent He gave me but I have also been judged,” says the superstar, who broke into the music scene after winning the Shell Road to Fame competition in 1987.
TRUSTING IN GOD
Rebecca, who has collected some of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry, says throughout her career, she has learnt to trust in the calling of God in her life.
“There have been many voices along the way. Some people expect you to live and do things a certain way when you are a gospel artist. What has kept me focused is living my life the way I think God expects me to live,” says Rebecca, who is a dedicated Assemblies of God member.
She admits that the gospel industry has changed drastically over the past few years, with numerous new entrants. She says as an artist, you have to move with the times, but be careful not to lose yourself in the process.
“The gospel scene is an exciting space right now with talented newcomers. Many of them grew up listening to me, so I cannot let my guard down. This is why I am coming out with a high-quality album. I won’t retire anytime soon, I will sing until I’m a gogo,” she says.
THE GOSPEL SCENE IS AN EXCITING SPACE RIGHT NOW