With a career that spans over 30 years, Rebecca Malope has not only become one of South Africa’s most successful gospel singers but also a great mentor for all musicians and entertainment personalities who have been knocking on the industries door.
Speaking to ZAlebs Rebecca Malope placed emphasis on the fact that nothing beats hard work when you want to be a part of this industry. Setting goals and working towards them will always be what makes you succeed.
“Honestly, nothing beats hard work and being focused on your goals and just being determined at all times. God is always there to guide you, all the way. Also, I’d like to say to the young ones that they must not be blinded by fame, fame is very dangerous.
That’s why sometimes we see young people in the industry getting frustrated and doing wrong things because they want to get into this industry just because they wanted to be famous.
Come to the industry because you want to showcase your art, come into the industry with the mindset of wanting to make yourself and fellow South Africans proud. Make the world recognize South Africa for its talent.
Also, educate yourself about the important things like contracts, sustaining yourself in the industry and again improving your craft."
In 2016, we also saw Rebecca Malope who is also famously known as “Sis Ribs” by the youth join Mzansi Magic’s successful musical show, Clash of the Choirs as one of the judges. Rebecca Malope expressed that more than anything she appreciated what the youth of the show taught her.
“What I appreciated about being a judge on Clash of the Choirs is the fact that I got to truly understand the youth and be in their shoes, being on that show truly made the child within me come alive again.
I learned to speak the youth’s language and understand them better, including their frustrations and just being able to be there as a mother and let them know that everything is just going to be ok. Being on Clash of the Choirs was one of my greatest experiences because I dealt with the youth, more than anything they taught me about myself and vice versa.”
One of our most memorable parts of the show was when Riky Rick pulled her on stage and began dancing with her. We asked the legendary Gospel singer what was running through her mind when Riky Rick approached her for a dance. She said.
"You know, it’s very funny because I didn’t even know who Riky Rick was, it was the first time I actually saw him. So when he gestured for me to dance with him, I thought, ok let me just go along with it. So I danced with him and it was just great fun, I really enjoyed dancing and hearing his music."
Image Credit: Facebook/Clash of the Choirs