CELEBRATED South African gospel diva, Rebecca Malope, who last performed in the country seven years ago, is expected to arrive at the Harare International Airport this afternoon aboard South African Airways ahead of her two shows at the Gospel Divas Concert in Harare and Bulawayo at the weekend.

The 47-year-old award-winning musician will stage her first performance tomorrow at the Harare Gardens before flying to Bulawayo for another one at Queens Sports Club on Sunday, as part of celebrations to mark her three-decade-long music career.

The concert comes as a boost for gospel musicians, at a time little has been done in the genre by way of promoting local artistes, through pitting them with international artistes.

Concert organiser Barbra Chikosi of Red Rose Entertainment told NewsDay yesterday tickets for the two family shows were selling at $10 for adults and $5 for children.

“The idea of this concert is to celebrate the success of gospel female musicians who are also mothers. Rebecca Malope has had a successful musical journey, which is inspirational to many local artistes. It is for that reason that we decided to give female musicians a chance to share the stage with the gospel music icon as she celebrates 30 years in the industry,” Chikosi said.

“Those in Harare can buy their tickets for the show at all Red Rose salons, while for those in Bulawayo tickets are available at Sis Bees Restaurants, Fingers Hair Salons and Sandys Hub.”

At the Harare show, Malope will be supported by Olivia Charamba, Amanda Sagonda, Agatha Murudzwa, Carol Mujokoro, Irene Tigere, Olinda Marova-Ziwenga, Bethany Pasinawako-Ngolomi, Sharon Manyonganise, Joice Simeti, Hannah Chikosi-Mapepeta and Rumbi Zvirikuzhe while the Bulawayo concert features Abigail Mwembe, Lady Tshawe, Lorraine Stotombe, Tholakele Ngomayabo, Rudo Amor Nyoni and Thobekile Nleya, among others.

Malope has released 36 chart-topping albums that have won her several awards and sold millions of copies across the world.