Batsogile Lovederia Malope (born June 30, 1968) known professionally as Dr. Rebecca Malope, is 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.
Dr. Rebecca Malope was born in 1968 in Lekazi near Neslpruit in Mpumalanga. At an early age, she was confined to a wheelchair after an illness; doctors believed she would be unable to walk on her own. As a child, she and her sisters sang hymns in their local church. Later, as a teen, she joined a gospel group which eventually led her to Johannesburg, where she was brought to the attention of producer Zizwe Zakho.
She is married to a businessman Themba Tshabalala. She is one of the biggest selling artists in South Africa. She has reportedly sold over 10 million albums in South Africa to date. During her career, she’s released 35 albums that have achieved multi-platinum, platinum, or gold status.
Malope is also the host of the TV show, Gospel Time and in 2013 she was one of the judges on the reality TV show Clash of the Choirs South Africa.
Dr. Rebecca Malope is a South African gospel singer and television personality who rose to fame after winning the 1987 Shell Road to Fame Competition.
|Clash of the Choirs South Africa – Seasons 1–3||Judge-Herself|
|eKasi: Our Stories – Season 6||Thembi|
|Gospel Alive – Seasons 1–16||Guest Artist – Herself|
|Rolling With… – Season 4 (Celeb Edition)||Herself|
|The South African Music Awards – Season 20||Performer – Herself|
|Zaziwa – Season 1||Herself|
|Idols SA Season 14||Guest Judge – Herself|
|Idols SA Season 15||Guest Judge – Herself|
Rebecca Malope is among the richest musicians in South Africa with a total net worth of R68,25 million. The popular African Queen of Gospel has a career that has spanned over 30 years.