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2016-12-08 06:01
Sifiso Ncwane live on stage at one of his performances.  Photo: dialy sun

Sifiso Ncwane live on stage at one of his performances. Photo: dialy sun

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MUSIC fans are in a state of disbelief after Mtwalume-born gospel artist, Sfiso­ Ncwane (37), died on Monday.

According to a media statement from his production company, Ncwane Productions, the award-winning artist died of complications resulting from kidney failure after being admitted to Fourways Life Hospital on Sunday evening.

According to fellow gospel artist and friend Sipho Makhabane, Ncwane had been scheduled to perform at an event in Roodepoort on Sunday when he took ill before going on stage.

“He went back home, but his condition worsened in the evening and his wife Ayanda called an ambulance and he was rushed to hospital where he died the following morning,” said Makhabane on Radio 2000.

As one of the country’s best selling recording artists, Ncwane became the first and only gospel artist to win the highly sought-after Song of the Year award at the Samas in 2013 for his hit Kulungile Baba

On Monday President Jacob Zuma extended his condolences to the Ncwane family, saying his death was a massive loss for the country as he had touched the hearts of millions.

Umzumbe Municipality mayor Sizwe Ngcobo said Ncwane’s death was a shock as he knew him personally. “We have had good working relations way before he was this big brand.”

In April Ncwane celebrated his birthday with his community by hosting a soccer tournament, refurbished Sbongu Jeza Primary and gave gifts to the elderly. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu was among those who expressed deep sadness, saying Ncwane was a symbol of hope to many aspiring gospel singers.

“His untimely death has inflicted irreparable damage in the hearts of the people of KwaZulu-Natal and the country as a whole,” said Mchunu.

Ncwane leaves his wife and two sons.

His funeral will be held at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

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