Mpumalanga’s gospel star Rebecca Malope to receive a lifetime achievement award

Rebecca Malope.

MBOMBELA – Ribs, as she is affectionately known, and has touched millions of souls with her soothing voice – in the country and internationally.

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Dr Nonhlanhla Mkhize with Rebecca Malope at an earlier event in Mpumalanga.

She is a multiple Sama winner and a music force to be reckoned with. Her powerful voice has taken her all over Africa, the US and Europe, filling up venues wherever she goes.

Jazz artist Don Laka is also in line to take home a Lifetime Achievement gong.

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The pioneer of kwaai-jazz who started off in the trenches of the genre and dabbled with kwaito, is a revered pianist and a record-label co-owner.

He is also a Sama winner and respected figure in the local music industry. Bra Don defined a brand-new sound and helped produce stars through his work.

Music legend of the 1970s and 1980s, Babsy Mlangeni will also be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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This blind musicians never lets his condition hinder him. His entertaining songs with compelling messages propelled his name into the stratosphere of fame.

Nhlanhla Sibisi, CEO of Recording Industry of South Africa said, “We as the Sama organisers value these honours highly. We believe our veterans who served the industry with unmatched dedication and gave us timeless music. They should never be forgotten.

As such we look forward to etching the names of Rebecca Malope, Don Laka and Babsy Mlangeni on our presitigious list of lifetime achievers. We say well done on such colourful careers and let this be a token of our appreciation of your talent as a nation.”

The awards will be held at Sun City Superbowl on May 26.

Thobile Mlangeni

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