Dr Sibongile Khumalo has passed away after stroke-related complications

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Sibongile Khumalo performing at the SANParks Golden Gate Classics festival. Picture Leon Sadiki.
Sibongile Khumalo performing at the SANParks Golden Gate Classics festival. Picture Leon Sadiki.

Renowned jazz and opera legend, Dr Sibongile Khumalo, has passed away at the age of 63. Her passing was the result of stroke-related complications after a long period of illness. 

The news of her passing was confirmed by a statement published on her personal social media pages on behalf of her family.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Sibongile Khumalo - our iconic, world-celebrated South African singer, affectionately known as Ma’Mngoma," the statement read. 

This is what the family statement had to say about Dr Khumalo's life:


Born in Soweto from a musical dynasty, Khumalo was the daughter of Grace and Professor Khabi Mngoma. Khumalo began her musical journey at the tender age of eight, and was launched into the limelight when she won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 1993.
Her illustrious career saw her release several critically acclaimed and award winning albums and graced a variety of prestigious events both locally and internationally. The First Lady of Song as termed by Nelson Mandela was a celebrated and multi-award winning musician.
Throughout her career she was awarded many accolades including The Order of Ikhamanga (Silver) bestowed on her by President Thabo Mbeki.  Through her music, she has always reflected the richness of her culture, wisdom, and the warmth of her family, her community, and her continent. She will be missed by all who had the privilege of experiencing her music, her friendship and her love.



Some of Khumalo’s most recognisable hits in her 30-year career include Mayihlome, U Ea Kae and Thula Mama

Tributes have since been pouring in on social media since the news of her passing was made public: 

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