South African gospel giant, Rebecca Malope, is expected to thrill her fans with her sizzling gospel music when she descends into the country at the height of the festive season.
Malope, who rose to international stardom in the late 90s, is expected to share the stage with other local gospel musicians.
The organisers of the festival, Thanic Holdings, are optimistic that the legendary artist will have no problem keeping fans on their toes once she takes to the stage.
“We know that Malope has been here before but her fans are in love with her music whenever she touches down. We were convinced to bring her to Botswana after we saw her performing in the country last year,” said Thatayaone Matlapeng, Thanic Holdings spokesperson.
Matlapeng┬ásaid that he felt that he should bring the artist after showing a splendid performance that left revellers asking for more during one of her performances last year. ┬á
He is optimistic that the musician, who has dominated the gospel industry in Africa for more than two decades with her soothing gospel, will put up a spirited performance. He said that the musician has mesmerised many nations, including Botswana, with her music.
┬á“With respect to sales, all of her last ten gospel albums went gold and the last six were platinum. Malope has sold more than two million copies of recordings. Her CD, Shwele Baba, sold more than 2 million copies in the three weeks after its release, becoming the fastest selling CD in South African music history,” stated Matlapeng.
He said that Rebecca and her backing group, Pure Magic, have toured in Europe, Middle East (in particular Israel), America and Africa.
Matlapeng said she will share the stage at Limkomkwing Hall with other local upcoming groups, such as Hosana, who displayed a splendid performance alongside Benjamin Sephuma and Judith Siphuma last month in┬á Botswana.
He said that with her performance at different festivals across the country, she has gained a name among her fans, who call her “Queen of Gospel”.
Matlapeng further indicated that Malope has collaborated with various musicians to record her albums, most notably Vuyo Mokoena. He also noted that Malope is an inspirational figure to many because she has gone further to ┬áanchor SABC-TV 1 talk show, called Gospel Time.
He promises that Malope Live In Gaborone will be a concert that will be the highlight of the year and never to be forgotten.