South African president Cyril Ramaphosa is set to honour gospel music legend Rebecca Malope in the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver, This is coming following a tough period of no work and major projects being postponed by the music artist.
The 53-year-old gospel artist has released about 36 gospel albums over her three-decade career and told Sunday World that the pandemic brought her plans to release a theatre production that detailed her long career in the industry to a grinding halt.
“I had major plans to release a book that coincided with the opening of a spectacular theatre production that detailed my life and the journey I went through in this beautiful industry that we work in,” she said.
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Malope said she put the brakes on the release of her yet-to-be-titled book. She has plans to co-release it with another project that she is working on.
“I do not want to reveal too much about the second project, but what I can say is that it is a play about my life story. I am still finalizing who will star in the production, but because of the pandemic, my plans had to be delayed.”
Malope is one of two women who will receive the Order of Ikhamanga and one of three out of eight recipients who will be honoured alive.
The order is for her “distinguished contribution to South African music”. “Her unique voice brings joy and comfort to many through meaningful gospel music.”
Beaming with excitement, Malope said: “I feel so blessed to receive this award. It is such an honour and privilege to be recognized by people in high places for the work that I have done so far. As a woman, this means so much to me, my career, and the work I have done for the nation as a whole.”
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