The Late Sibongile Khumalo Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Wits

The Late Sibongile Khumalo Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Wits

- Sibongile Khumalo has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of the Witwatersrand

- MaKhumalo passed away in January and the award was accepted by her daughter, Ayanda Khumalo

- The jazz singer never missed an opportunity to empower students who attended Wits University

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Dr Sibongile Khumalo has been granted an Honourary Doctorate in Music post humorously by Wits University. The doctorate was presented on Wednesday, 21 April 2021, at the virtual graduation function where students from the Faculty of Humanities got their degrees.

The doctorate was accepted by Sibongile's daughter Ayanda Khumalo. When accepting the award, Ayanda said that the family was honoured by Sibongile's achievement.

"Sadly she never got to experience this moment physically, but I know that she is with us in spirit," said Ayanda.

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The jazz singer passed away on 28 January 2021 and left the nation in mourning for her passing. She was a singer who captured audiences all around the world.

The Late Sibongile Khumalo Awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Wits
The late Sibongile Khumalo has been awarded a doctorate by the University of Witwatersrand. Image: Brigitte Engl/Redferns
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“She was an ardent proponent of arts education and how it can be used for social upliftment and justice."
She inspired the creation of new music by South African composers, both in the classical and jazz genres,” said Professor Garth Stevens, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Wits.

Sibongile Khumalo was a Wits alumna and always accepted the opportunity to enrich the lives of students. Her soul will continue to rest well after receiving this honour.

In other entertainment news, Briefly News reported that Emtee celebrated Logan being the number one hip-hop album.

Emtee has taken to social media to celebrate that his recently released album Logan is still the Number 1 hip-hop project on digital music streaming platforms. The Roll Up hitmaker dropped the dope album on 9 April and it has been sitting at the top of the charts since then.

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The rapper is doing well as an independent artist. Many people thought it was the end of the star when he left his former record label Ambitiouz Entertainment in 2019.

Emtee now releases music under his own record label called Emtee Records. He took to Twitter and wrote:

"Number1 hip hop album. Number 2 across all genres."

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