Rebecca on “Peace & Unity MaAfrica” Concert

By Mpho Tshikhudo
03 September 2015

Alongside acts such as Sipho “Big Fish” Makhabane and multi-award winning Joyous Celebration, she’s one of the headliners at the anticipated “Peace & Unity MaAfrica” concert.

Alongside acts such as Sipho “Big Fish” Makhabane and multi-award winning Joyous Celebration, she’s one of the headliners at the anticipated “Peace & Unity MaAfrica” concert.

We caught up with the legendary songbird to chat about the event happening at Mbombela stadium in Mpumalanga on the 05th September 2015.

1. What does this show mean to you?

Over and above the revelry, Peace & Unity concert will foster race relations. As Africans we definitely need to unite. The extent of the evil of xenophobia is that as artists we can’t do business outside of this country. We all wanna go outside and experience other cultures. We yearn to widen our fanbase and spread our music beyond our borders. In the wake of the recent xenophobic attacks I’m afraid that’ll remain pipe dream. We are brothers and sisters and we need each other. We are all Africans!

2. Can you tell us a bit about the band you're bringing to Peace & Unity MaAfrica concert, in Mbombela?

I’m playing with my old band. Some of the guys I’ve been with them the past twenty years: Jacob Rakhetla (keys), Mncedisi Majola (keys), Mlungisi Dlathu (bass)…

3. What does it feel like to be on the same bill with hotshots such as Big Fish?

It’s always a pleasure and honour sharing a stage with talented musicians. The privilege to connect in song and worship God together is priceless.

4. Can you tell us a bit about the set you’ve prepared for the show? What can the fans expect?

It’s always difficult for me to prepare songs - I have 35 albums out so it’s invariably a tall order for me to choose songs. Each of those 35 albums has a set of songs that will resonate with the audience at that particular gig or occasion. So I always rely on the fans to tell me what to sing.

5. You need to come watch us at Peace & Unity MaAfrica because... 

It’s for a good cause. It’s for us to start learning to respect and love one another as Africans.The recent xenophobic attacks have done irreparable damage to race relations in this country. The proceedings on Saturday are a step in beginning to reverse the situation.

6. What’s next?

I’m currently doing pre-production for my 36th album. It’s still early days but the album’s release is scheduled for next year. Apart from that I’m prepping for my “30 years in the industry” celebration which includes a tour all over Africa. We wanna make it memorable and to this end a DVD shoot of the tour is on the stocks. It will be an opportunity for me to thank God and the fans.

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