The gospel ac­cord­ing to Dr Rebecca Ma­lope

Star talks about be­ing ugogo,a busi­ness­woman and her upcoming book

Move! - - CONTENTS - By Zenoyise John

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.

RE­MAIN­ING REL­E­VANT

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

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