South Africa

Gospel queen in U-turn on retiring

Masego Seemela

Taking a U-turn, gospel queen Dr Rebecca Malope has said she was not completely quitting producing gospel music.

  Malope says although she was releasing her last album, it is not the last that gospel lovers will hear from her. She explained that she wanted to dominate the digital music market to keep up with the times.

  Malope is doing a U-turn on her word after she recently announced that she wanted to retire because she wanted to give way to young talent in the gospel music industry.

  “How can I retire from the word of God? I cannot retire from the word of God; I can only retire from doing too much. I will only retire when my body tells me it’s time to retire. It’s not really the last time I will be releasing music, but it will be the last time I release a full album with 14 plus songs,” she said.

  She added that she was making the album a last one because times are changing. “Music has become more digital; releasing a full album will be me asking for too much from my fans. I just want to release one or two songs on streaming platforms when God inspires me,” she said.

  Malope released her 36th album, Lord You Are Good on October 4.

  “In my 36th album I have collaborated with my children and powerful gospel musicians such as Dumi Mkokstad, Lebo Sekgobela, Amadodana aseWesile, Soweto Gospel Choir and many more. People are going to love this album,” she said.

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