Maranatha to share NAMAs stage with SA gospel queen
By Southern Times writer
WINDHOEK – Namibian new gospel sensation Maranatha is billed to perform alongside legendary South Africa gospel singer, Rebecca Malope at the 2017 Namibian Annual Music Awards. The two will perform a medley of their songs “In his Presence” and “Thula Africa”.
Maranatha is a rising star with a powerful and unique voice. Since 2013, when she starts her singing career, Maranatha has shared the stages with top Namibian gospel singer D-Naff and South African gospel legend Benjamin Dube. She also performed on several international stages such as TBN Africa and Christian Family Churches, in Johannesburg and the Bay Cape Town.
“Maranatha is one of the few gospel singers that one finds difficult to limit to a single genre. She has been able to bring in a contemporal feel to her delivery of gospel music. Maranatha says she is a minister and not an entertainer,” according to a press release issued by the NAMAs co-host MTC.
Maranatha released her first debut album entitled “Smile” in 2016 at the National Theatre of Namibia.
“Performing with Rebecca Malope is a dream comes true for me. It is something I have always been looking forward singing with a woman of her caliber. It is an honour and a humbling experience and also an opportunity to learn from her. I am so grateful for the exposure,” Maranatha, the University of Namibia public relations graduate is quoted as saying.
Few artists occupy the high firmament that Rebecca Malope enjoys in the South African music scene. She has released 35 chart breaking albums, sold millions of copies, won countless music awards, honoured by institutions of higher learning and above all is respected by her peers and revered by legions of her fans.
“I love Namibia and always look forward to performing there so I am very excited to be going back and can’t wait to perform at the NAMA’s for the 1st time. I’m also really looking forward to performing with the very talented Maranatha I hope our performance leaves people with a feeling of unity amongst all Africans,” Malope told the organisers.
The country’s premier music awards are scheduled for the harbour town of Walvis Bay on April 29.