Top 5 Female Gospel singers in South Africa 2022
Talented female singers also dominate the industry. While some are active singers, others are known for their ministries. This list highlights some of the best South African female musicians and singers.
1. Winnie Mashaba
As a multi-award-winning South African Gospel music artist and TV presenter, Winnie Mashaba is a woman with a humble background. Winnie’s debut album, Exodus 20, was released in 2000, bringing her to the limelight. The record went on to sell 25,000 copies and reached gold status. Since her music ministry started, Winnie Mashaba’s songs have gotten her nominations for several South African Music Awards (SAMA), Metro FM Music Awards, and South African Gospel Awards. At the Crown Gospel Awards in 2010, she was named the Best Female Artist, and in 2017, she was given a TV presenting role on Dumisa.
2. Rebecca Malope
Professionally known as Dr Rebecca Malope, Batsogile Lovederia Malope is one of the best South African Gospel singers that have impacted the world with their singing talents so far. She was named African Queen of Gospel. With a music career spanning over three decades, Dr Rebecca Malope has sold not less than 10 million albums across the globe, which landed her as one of the most best selling artists of all time.
3. Hlengiwe Mhlaba
The vivacious Hlengiwe Mhlaba is a talented recording and performing artist. She is famous for her commanding voice that hits the highest notes effortlessly. Hlengiwe has shared a stage with renowned artists like Kelly Khumalo. Some of the most loved Hlengiwe Mhlaba songs include Let Your Living Waters Flow, Jeso Ka Sebelebele, to mention a few.
Bulelwa Mkutukana, popularly known as Zahara, is a celebrated South African songwriter and singer. She released her debut album, Loliwe, in 2011, and it went platinum. In 2015, Zahara released her third album, Country Girl, and it was certified triple platinum. Her fifth and most recent album, Nqaba Yam, topped the charts on iTunes.
Zahara is a multi-award-winning artist with 17 SAMA awards to her name. Her most loved songs include Loliwe, Phendula and Ndiza.
5. Deborah Fraser
Deborah Fraser is one of the legendary SA Gospel singers. She started as a backup singer in 1985 before she ventured into her solo career. Her debut album, Abanye bayombona, came out in 2000 and sold more than one million copies. Deborah Frasers is one of the best selling Gospel artists in South Africa. Some of her best hits include Ngibe Muhle Nami, Lobuhlungu, among others.