Iconic gospel singer Rebecca Malope honoured with Order of Ikhamanga
Rebecca Malope is one of South Africa’s most iconic gospel singers. Malope, also known as “the African Queen of Gospel” has been in the music industry for over three decades. President Cyril Ramaphosa bestowed the Order of Ikhamanga in silver to the platinum-selling gospel singer on Thursday 18 November for her contribution to South African music.
REBECCA MALOPE’S ICONIC CAREER
Rebecca Malope’s musical journey started in 1986 in Lekazi, Mpumalanga. At 21 years old she left Lekazi for Johannesburg in her quest to become one of South Africa’s most celebrated singers.
Over the years, Malope has released 35 albums and she has collaborated with the likes of Tsepo Tshola and the Tshwane Gospel Choir. She was won several awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award at the South African Music Awards (SAMAs) in 2017 and an OKTV award for best female artist in 1990.
In 2003, she was awarded an honourary doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Some of her most popular songs include My Mother, Khidzi Mani, Uthando and Sivikele.
ORDER OF IKHAMANGA
According to the Presidency, the Order of Ikhamanga celebrates the achievements of South Africans in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism and sport.
The award comprises of three elements, a neck badge, a miniature medallion and a lapel rosette.
The Order of Ikhamanga in silver was bestowed upon Rebecca Malope by President Cyril Ramaphosa for her exceptional contribution to music in South Africa.
Speaking to Sunday World, Malope said: “I feel so blessed to receive this award. It is such an honour and privilege to be recognised 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.”
The National Orders Awards ceremony took place on Thursday 18 November at the Sefako M Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.
REBECCA MALOPE’S UPCOMING PROJECTS
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Rebecca Malope had plans to release a book that coincided with the opening of a theatre production that detailed her life.
Although the plans for the book were halted, she plans to release it with another project 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 finalising who will star in the production, but because of the pandemic, my plans had to be delayed.”