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Not yet confirmed: South African multi-award-winning gospel singer Rebecca Malope reported dead

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We don’t know how true this report is but a viral post shared just this morning by a Facebook user Being Ro Meo ll has revealed that our popular singer Rebecca Malope has passed away.

The sketchy and yet to confirm news was shared on Facebook on Friday morning with an emional  caption: Rest In Peace To  Rebecca Malope” by a Facebook User Being RO MEO.

The South African multi-award-winning gospel singer Rebecca Malope has been a multi-award-winning South African gospel singer. She is known as “The African Queen of Gospel.”

Her music career spans more than three decades. She has sold at least 10 million albums worldwide, making her one of the biggest selling gospel artists of all time. Most of the 36 albums she has released have reached multi-platinum status.

Since 2004, she has been the hostess of the TV show It’s Gospel Time where she never forgets to say “Masimshayeleni’Zandla”, which is loosely translated as “let us give him/her a round of applause”.

In 2013 she was one of the judges in Clash of Choirs South Africa.

Rebecca started her musical career in 1984 at the young age of 16 after she left her home township of Kanyamazane with her sister Cynthia, near Nelspruit, and hiked 400 km (250 mi) to Evaton, and then finally reached Johannesburg.

In 1985, Malope entered the Shell Road to Fame television contest with the band she was with, but they were eliminated in the first round of the competition.

In 1986, she meet Sizwe Zako at Gallo Studios. He remembered her from their unsuccessful auditions. Zako felt that with his guidance Malope could win the Shell Road to Fame were she was to enter the competition as a solo artist. In 1987, Malope did so and won Shell Road to Fame in the category of Female Vocalist with the gospel song “Shine On”, dedicated to political unrest during Apartheid in South Africa.

Despite winning Shell Road to Fame, she struggled to find a record company. Finally she was given a recording contract by MFM but was told that gospel music was off-limits.

She was pushed to perform disco songs to sell records to compete with Brenda Fassie, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Mercy Phakela who were the biggest female artists at the time.

 

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