Close family and friends gathered at the Assemblies of God church in Sandton, Johannesburg to celebrate the life of late house musician, Nichume Siwundla, on Wednesday evening.
Last Friday, Briefly.co.za reported that Nichume Siwundla’s record label, Top Chap Media, released a public statement that the singer was found at a friend’s home on Thursday following an apparent suicide.
A close friend of the Bhutiza hitmaker, Buhlali Qina, spoke at the memorial service revealing that she was called to a friend’s apartment because something had happened to Nichume. She said he worst fears were confirmed after rushing to the apartment.
“As soon as I looked in ‘Chume’s face I knew. I fell to the floor and when I picked myself up, I knew I had to be strong for those she loved. We picked each other up as Nichume would pick us up without fail.”
Another friend, Vuyo Jacobs, begged for Nichume not to leave them alone in grief.
“Love, please don’t leave! Nichume you are love… One day we will be okay. It may not be today or next week or next month, but we will be okay.”
Manyano Madiba said Nichume had told him not to die before she did because she did not know what she would do without him.
“She told me, ‘Wait before I go before you go, because I don’t know how to live without you’. It is sad that what was a joke has come true. I lost a partner and a soulmate. I believe that she will now be standing next to me, motivating me. I know one day we will meet again.”
According to TshisaLive, Nichume’s youngest sister, Buhle Tyantsi, cried though most of the memorial service and was supported by loved ones as she joined in songs and praises to her sister.
In her speech, Buhle praised Nichume for her resilience and passion, saying she fought for what she wanted.
“Nichume had a fighting spirit. She fought for what she believed in and for the well-being of those she loved. It was an admirable trait, but to some extent also a flaw, because sometimes she failed to fight for herself in the same way and with the same spirit.”
Buhle also said that Nichume's spirit will live on.
DJ Tira and former Generations actor and musician, Anga “NaakMusiQ” Makubalo, also took to the stage to pay tribute to Nichume.
Anga recounted the studio sessions he had with the young artist, but DJ Tira slammed the “horrible” music industry for not doing enough for those who are struggling.
“We need to look after each other as musicians. The music industry is horrible. There is a lack of information and if you do not know where you are going, it is going to be hard to make it in life. Something needs to be done, because we need to look after our artists,” said DJ Tira.
He also mentioned the struggles of late musician, HHP.
Five days ago, Briefly.co.za reported that after the death of house singer, Nichume, took the local music world by surprise, DJ Black Coffee has addressed what is missing between artists: involvement. He called on musos to check on each other.
The suicide of house vocalist, Nichume Siwundla, famous for her hit track Bhutiza, has left Mzansi saddened. Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Nichume was found at a friend's place after taking her own life, according to TimesLIVE. Other than that, there had been no further information about her sudden passing, at least for now.
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