Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Rebecca Malope Zim bound

... headlines divas concert

UNRIVALLED queen of South African gospel, Rebecca Malope, renews her romance with locals when she headlines this year’s edition of the all-female gospel divas’ concert slated for Harare gardens on May 28.


The iconic diva from across the Limpopo – currently celebrating 30 years in the game – has lined up a series of shows in the sub-region, with Zimbabwe on her priority list.

And being her first time to perform in the capital in six years, Rebecca is set to ‘jump-start’ a number of her fellows who are either stuttering or have fallen by the wayside.

Red Rose Entertainment is behind this family show where more than 20 local gospel divas will alternate on stage with Malope.

Seasoned gospel divas Olivia Charamba, Carol Mujokoro, Agatha Murudzwa, Amanda Sagonda and Joice Simeti are some of the household names billed to perform at the event.
Rebecca Malope Zim bound
Not to be outdone is Bethany Pasinawako, Olinda Marowa, Sharon Manyonganise, Irene Tigere, Barbara Chivaura and Hanna Chikosi-Mapepeta who have made it into the line-up.

Breaking the news, Red Rose Entertainment boss – Barbara Chikosi – said:

“It’s a done deal with Rebecca Malope, we have inked a deal with her to grace the gospel divas’ concert and we do expect her to headline the event to be held at the Harare gardens on the 28th of May this year.

“We have realised that gospel artistes, in particular females, were being sidelined or playing second fiddle to their male counterparts on few occasions when they get an opportunity to perform.

“As a result, we have decided to revive the gospel divas concert to ensure the artistes get the platform to showcase their stuff as well as giving fans real value for their money.”

Mama Red Rose – as the promoter is fondly known – said she had gone full circle and roped Zimbabwe’s top female gospel artistes to ensure they also celebrate their legacy in the industry.

“Since Rebecca Malope will be celebrating 30 years in the industry, our own divas will also be celebrating their milestones in the industry.

“Being trend-setters in the game, we embrace artistes from across the genres and we also prioritise female artistes who are usually looked down upon by many a promoter.

“As usual, we urge fans to show up in numbers at the Harare gardens on May 28 and the gates charges will be advised in due course.

“Registration of female artistes is still in progress and we hope to give our divas the exposure they require in the game.”

Born on June 30 1968 in Lekazi Nelspruit, Malope’s musical journey started in 1986 when she participated in the Shell Road To Fame even though she didn’t make the grade.

Determined to conquer, she, along with other teens, relocated to Johannesburg where they were spotted by a producer Zizwe Zakho who mentored her.

After the mentorship, she has never looked back and to date she has won numerous awards.

The Gospel Time presenter is boasts of sing along hits in her career comprising Mangingavumi, Umoya Wami, Somlandela, Ngegazi lemvana, Uningecele and Inomboklo Yoncino among others.

Malope is also one of the top female gospel artistes from South Africa who commands a huge in Zimbabwe alongside Deborah Fraser and Winnie Mashaba among others.
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