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Rebecca is now hailed as the Queen of South African gospel and over the past

decade she has toured all over southern Africa, winning several major awards


 CDs by Rebecca Malope

ree at Last: South African Gospel  / Live at the State Theatre

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Rebecca Malope

South African Gospel Queen

A Journey to Stardom

Rebecca Malope is without doubt South Africa's greatest gospel star, who has had a musical journey touched with  inspiration, luck, and destiny.


Rebecca's early life was by no means easy as she grew up in a remote part of South Africa. They didn't have a chance to get formal education and had to work on a tobacco farm with her sisters, taking the chance to sing whenever they could. In 1986, driven by a burning desire,  Rebecca, then 21 years, and her sister Cynthia, left their home township of Lekazi near Nelspruit and hiked 400 kilometers to Evaton from where they finally reached Johannesburg.

Arriving in Johannesburg, Rebecca immediately set out to realize her dreams and entered the Shell Road to Fame talent search. She was unsuccessful but this did not deter her, and she entered again in 1987 and won the Shell Road to Fame Award in the Best Female Vocalist category.

Diminutive in stature but big in heart, this dynamic and tireless artist utilized the award as a springboard to develop herself. Rebecca struggled to find a record company that was willing to help her fulfill that dream. She realized that if she was to fulfill that dream, she had to make it happen herself. She enlisted the help of Sizwe Zako and they, together with Peter Tladi, were able to raise enough money to record Rebecca's debut. Their confidence was rewarded when, in a matter of weeks, the album reached gold status.

Rebecca won the OKTV Awards as best South African female artist for the period 1989/1990; when over 10 million listeners voted for her the best local established artist in the 1993 Coca Cola Full Blast music show. She won it again in 1994. Also in 1994, she won the FNB South African Music Award for Best gospel Singer.

All ten of Rebecca's albums have sold in excess of gold and indeed the last six of her albums have garnered platinum discs. To date, she has sold one million albums.

Rebecca is now hailed as the Queen of South African gospel and over the past decade she has toured all over southern Africa, winning several major awards along the way. Gospel is fuelled by the certainty that the spirit can triumph over adversity, that love can conquer fear and despair. There can be few people more qualified to bring the good news than Rebecca Malope.

In 1995 her CD 'Shwele Baba' sold more than a 100,000 copies in three weeks and became the fastest selling platter in South African showbiz history. A year later Rebecca lost her father, brother and sister in tragic circumstances and this harrowing experience prompted her to leave her old pop persona behind and become a fully fledged gospel singer. The switch was no cinch, but determination, hard work, and persistence paid off.

Although Rebecca's loyalty is first and foremost to her fans here in South Africa. She is held in very high esteem by fans in neighbouring countries to the North. She also travels overseas to broaden her exposure and to this end has visited and performed in the United Kingdom, France and Israel. She made history travelling to Israel where CCV TV crew shot a 52-minute Easter special for national broadcast on Good Friday, 15 April 1995.

The impact was such that even the boxing fraternity, realizing that she is a national treasure' commissioned her to perform before a double world title fight and she was further given the honour of singing the National Anthem which was televised live to 30 countries world - wide.

In 1996, she was invited to perform at the State Theatre in Pretoria, and such is her appeal and stature that the audience included a number of Cabinet Ministers and other dignitaries. Despite all of these tremendous accomplishments and accolades, Rebecca refuses to forget her roots. "I regard myself as a simple person and will not be swayed by my success and achievements to become something that I am not. All my life I wanted to sing and it is because I believed in the lord, who has blessed me with a wonderful talent, that I have reached the heights I have come to."

Unfazed by her success, Rebecca's deepest desire remains to reach out and embrace the soul of her beloved country through sincere and dedicated song. "My greatest wish is that through music I can contribute to the happiness of the people and somehow be a beacon of hope that everything is possible if the lord is willing" says Rebecca.

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.” We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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The Persistence of the Color Line

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Among the best things about The Persistence of the Color Line is watching Mr. Kennedy hash through the positions about Mr. Obama staked out by black commentators on the left and right, from Stanley Crouch and Cornel West to Juan Williams and Tavis Smiley. He can be pointed. Noting the way Mr. Smiley consistently “voiced skepticism regarding whether blacks should back Obama” . . .

The finest chapter in The Persistence of the Color Line is so resonant, and so personal, it could nearly be the basis for a book of its own. That chapter is titled “Reverend Wright and My Father: Reflections on Blacks and Patriotism.”  Recalling some of the criticisms of America’s past made by Mr. Obama’s former pastor, Mr. Kennedy writes with feeling about his own father, who put each of his three of his children through Princeton but who “never forgave American society for its racist mistreatment of him and those whom he most loved.”  His father distrusted the police, who had frequently called him “boy,” and rejected patriotism. Mr. Kennedy’s father “relished Muhammad Ali’s quip that the Vietcong had never called him ‘nigger.’ ” The author places his father, and Mr. Wright, in sympathetic historical light.

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