Renowned South African musician Sibongile Khumalo has died. She was 63.
According to her family, she died after a long illness and “succumbed to stroke related complications”.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Sibongile Khumalo, our iconic, world-celebrated South African singer,” the family said in a statement.
Sibongile was born in Soweto and was known for her soulful music.
said she would be missed by all who had a privilege of experiencing her music,
her friendship and love.
Tributes have already started pouring in for the celebrated musician, with South Africans expressing their shock at her untimely passing.
The Steve Biko foundation said she was an umatched icon of SA Music.
“Ms Khumalo’s warmth and generosity of spirit were matched only by the immense talent she demonstrated and the glorious voice that lifted our national spirits on so many occasions.”
?? Yet again we morn the passing of South Africa’s greatest Jazz,Opera Icon,Musician and Vocalist Sibongile Khumalo . We send our condolences to her family May the Lord be with you in this difficult time. May her soul rest in Eternal peace the music industry has lost an Icon???? pic.twitter.com/Au6VP02CTf— Soweto Gospel Choir (@Sowetogospel) January 28, 2021
RIP Sibongile Khumalo?? iyo!!! Another legend has fallen??— #MinisterOfMusic (@KaylowOfficial) January 28, 2021