Soweto Quartet mourns its cellist

Reuben Malusi Khemese, cellist of the Soweto String Quartet and pioneer of South African chamber music, collapsed on Wednesday and died at 62.

The group, built around brothers violinists Sandile and Thami and cellist Reuben Khamese, played at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration in 1994.


Sandile Khemese said: ‘Reuben lost his wife in a tragic car accident five years ago and he never really recovered from that.’


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  • I am very sorry to hear this sad news. I hope the quartet will be able to find a suitable ‘cellist to replace Reuben. May he rest in peace.

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