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Remembering Sibongile Khumalo, South Africa’s divine diva

Remembering Sibongile Khumalo, South Africa’s divine diva

CHRISTINE LUCIA, Extraordinary Professor, Stellenbosch University THE passing of Sibongile Khumalo at the far, far too young age of 63 was a body blow. Sibongile epitomised ‘the new South Africa’, as it was born and as it matured. She sang in every style – from Carmen to UShaka – with equal accuracy, generosity and joie de vivre, making everything ‘popular’ to millions of people without ever sacrificing vocal or musical professionalism. This was one of her greatest gifts, that she made a place for everyone with her voice, a golden, melting voice that made all, young and old, rich and…
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The many faces of Sibongile Khumalo

The many faces of Sibongile Khumalo

GWEN ANSELL MUCH will be written about the music career of Sibongile Khumalo and many will elide her achievements into the single, limited category of “singer”. Singer she was, no doubt, and a magnificent one, with a voice that melded honey, smoke and crystalline waters into a cascade of captivating sound. She resisted, throughout her career, the genre envelopes into which critics tried to stuff her. She did not set out to be an “opera singer” or a “jazz singer” and did not appreciate media coverage that tried to confine her within one of those boxes and assess her work…
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Tributes for music legend Sibongile Khumalo

Tributes for music legend Sibongile Khumalo

MPHO RANTAO TRIBUTES have continued to pour in for Sibongile Khumalo, the late South African multi-award winning music superstar who graced stages around the world with megastars.  Khumalo passed away yesterday after she suffered a stroke. Many of her fans took to social media to pay tribute to Khumalo (63), a musician whose voice was used for many occasions including birthdays, weddings and funerals. Her music appealed to different generations and race groups.  Khumalo received lots of praise for her work in opera classics. She was also honoured by the government with the Order of Ikhamanga for her outstanding contribution…
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