Jazz icon, Sibongile Khumalo, dies at 63

Renowned Jazz singer, Sibongile Khumalo, has died on Thursday. She was 63-years-old.

Her hits such as Mayihlome and Thula Mama became household names, and her songs took her to the top of the radio charts. She was also known for her award-winning opera and concert work.

She performed at late president Nelson Mandela's 75th birthday. She also led the New Zealand and SA national anthems at the historic 1995 World Cup rugby final.

Khumalo was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by the presidency.

Parliament Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Sports, Arts and Culture, Beauty Dlulane, said Khumalo will leave a void in the South African music industry.

“Death has been unkind to South Africans who have made indelible mark on the music scene worldwide. It pains us when we have to say goodbye to stalwarts of music in the manner and frequency it is occurring. It’s starting to feel like we have lost a part of us. Sibongile had a lot to offer to up-and-coming jazz artists and musicians generally.’’

PICTURED: Sibongile Khumalo at Bush Radio Studio's

 Done By: Mitchum George


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