- Dr Sibongile Khumalo was given an amazing send-off and social media users took to the internet to pay tribute to Ma'Mngoma
- Social media users reflected on her amazing career and beautiful voice
- Rasta paid tribute to Ma'Mngoma in his usual way with a portrait of the veteran jazz singer
Social media users have taken to the internet to pay tribute to the late Sibongile Khumalo as she is laid to rest. Her family let South Africa know that the iconic jazz singer passed away 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.
Briefly.co.za has selected some of the posts online paying tribute to Ma'Mngoma:
"#ripsibongilekhumalo The remains of legendary jazz, opera and traditional music artist Mam' SibongileKhumalo have arrived at the Market Theatre for her funeral service this morning. She died on 28 January 2021, after suffering a stroke."
"A young Sibongile Khumalo having piano lessons with her father, and a teenage Sibongile Khumalo teaching music. Rest in the music, Ma’ Mngoma. ❤️#RIPSibongileKhumalo."
"What a beautiful send-off❤️. The music, the speeches, everything nje is as beautiful as she and how amazing voice was. Mam Sbongile must be soo proud❤️#ripsibongilekhumalo"
"We are gathered at the Market Theatre this morning to bid farewell to a world-renowned jazz & opera singer Dr Sibongile Khumalo. The First Lady of Song, as our iconic former President Nelson Mandela described her."
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.
Earlier, Briedly.co.za reported that Rasta, Lebani Sirenje, has done it again. He has painted a portrait of the late Dr Sibongile Khumalo and South African social media users have some questions and observations.
Rasta has become infamous for his portraits of celebrities after they pass away. Social media users often react to Rasta's paintings and question their accuracy.
Comparisons have been drawn between his portraits and famous people, often not the actual subject of his paintings.
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