It’s another sad week for the South African music industry - another giant has fallen. Renowned jazz and opera legend, Dr Sibongile Khumalo has passed away.
Her death comes a few days after jazz legend, Jonas Gwangwa’s passing. According to a statement released by her family, the 63-year-old jazz veteran had been battling a long illness and succumbed to stroke related complications on Thursday, 28 January.
Mam’Sibongile, as she was affectionately referred to by many, was a jazz and opera singer whose talent had captured the attention and awe of many locally and abroad. Her voice earned her many awards including the prestigious Order of Ikhamanga, which was bestowed by the presidency for her contribution to the advancement of arts and culture in South Africa.
She holds musical degrees from the University of the Witswatersrand as well as the University of Zululand. She was conferred with honorary doctorates by Rhodes University, University of Zululand, and the University of South Africa.
Her untimely death has left many with broken hearts, but her music will live on in our hearts forever.
We take a look at 5 of some of her most memorable songs:
1. Thula Mama
3. U Ea Kae
4. Isithandwa sam
5. Thando’s Groove