Two awarding-winning gospel artists recently released their albums, just in time for the festive season.
Rebecca Malope, has officially begun promoting her latest offering titled Lord You Are Good and Nolundi Bomela, who is based in Cape Town, is also hitting the road promoting her latest 15 track album Nolundi.
Malope, who has been in industry for 32 years and is also a TV presenter, described her latest album – her 36th – as different from all the other albums she has recorded.
Malope said for the past two years or so she was hard at work putting the final touches to the album. While she collaborated with other artists, she said, this time round she had produced the album herself and recorded it in her own studios.
Among those she worked with are industry heavyweights Mdumi Mkokstad, Lebo Sekgobela, Amadodana Ase Wesile, Soweto Gospel power, Phuthuma Tiso, pastor Sipho Ngwenya, Takie Ndou and Zaza Mokhethi.
Malope said it was not easy to write new material for each album, but she believes that it is something that one needs to pray about.
She said you could have a hit song this year but next year it has been forgotten. She said one needs to take time when writing and not rush to release something just for the sake of having an album out there.
Malope said one of the key factors that made her invest so much time in this album was that she wanted to release something unique and of top quality.
“The message is different in this album. I wanted to thank the Lord for my achievements and making me the person that I’m today. God has sustained me for 32 years in this industry and its not easy and not so many do.
“But I also want people to thank the lord for being there with them as well throughout their journeys. I never experience challenges in the industry because I had good mentors when I started my career,” she said.
Ms Bomela, said she had grown in the industry and was particularly excited that she was now a signed artist. Before, she said, she was an independent artist who had been singing on the streets pushing her own songs until this year she met a gospel guru who offered to sign her.
Bomela has released four albums so far and noted that it was her album in 2016, Eloyi which won the best isiXhosa album at the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA), that introduced her to the industry. She said her latest offering shows the more mature side of her but it also brings hope and faith, she said.