- Opera and jazz vocalist Dr Sibongile Khumalo has passed away
- According to a statement posted on her Instagram account, she succumbed to stroke-related complications after a lengthy period of illness
- Fans, celebs and politicians have taken to social media to react to her sad passing
Iconic jazz and opera vocalist Dr Sibongile Khumalo has passed away, her family announced on Thursday evening, 28 January.
According to a statement posted on her Instagram page, the world-celebrated Mzansi singer succumbed to stroke-related complications after a lengthy period of illness.
Khumalo, affectionately known as Ma'Mngoma, had a career spanning over 30 years. She began her musical journey when she was only eight. Ma'Mngoma, who was born on 24 September, 1957, was launched into the limelight when she won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 1993.
Mzansi music lovers, celebs and politicians have taken to social media to share their tributes and messages of condolences to her family and friends. The veteran musician's name is trending high on Twitter since the news of her sudden passing broke.
The #RIPSibongilKhumalo is currently trending at number 1 on the micro-blogging app.
Check out some of the comments from her fans below:
Sipho Hotstix Mabuse wrote:
"Gutted my dear dear friend Sibongile - Iam hurting. I have no words - an absolute icon - Rest In Peace."
"A golden voice is now silent on earth. An African queen! A global icon! I have admired her since I was a child. Rest in peace Mama Sibongile Khumalo. You are now the lead singer in heaven's choir."
Tim Modise commented:
"A wonderful person, my beloved friend & sister, a superb performer. So much joy & so much music & laughter. She came, made her mark and left us proud & happy. Very sad to hear she’s no more but happy she left us such joyful memories."
"Got to witness Mam’Sibongile Khumalo’s perform live at the SBJOJ in September 2019. A true legend with an amazing & versatile voice. A sad loss to the music fraternity."
Mmusi Maimane added:
"This is heartbreaking news indeed. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the the family of Mam Sibongile Khumalo, to her friends and the musical fraternity at large. South Africa has lost a musical icon."
In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Thandiswa Mazwai has denied cancelling MacG following his transphobic comments in his latest podcast. The host of Podcast and Chill with MacG trended on social media this week after he and his crew discussed sensitive issues about the LGBTQI community.
MacG's comments sparked a heated debate on Twitter with some people calling for his podcast to be cancelled while others were defending him. Thandiswa Mazwai also joined Mzansi tweeps and shared her two cents on MacG's comments. A local publication then published that the singer and another muso Langa Mavuso joined others in cancelling MacG following his homophobic jokes.
Replying to the publication's tweet, The Bongo Maffin star said the article was not true. She said she doesn't believe in cancel culture. King Tha said:
"This is not true. I don’t believe in cancel culture. I think there are times when repercussions must happen but I believe not in calling out but calling in. It’s my individual way. What I said was a psa (public service announcement) to say these conversations must happen with us in the room & that learning is NB (important)."
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