Death of South African singing legend, 63main
The magnificent Sibongile Khumalo died today after a long illness overcoming a stroke. Born in Soweto, she dreaming of becoming an opera star but was unable to break through apartheid restrictions. She was known to her people as the First Lady of Song.
The soprano Pretty Yende writes:
Njabulo Thabiso Madlala adds: Rest In Peace angel. What a desperately sad day. A special spirit gone. A big influence and inspiration to so many of us. Time will heal and with it we will accept. Too soon. We have so much yet to do. But when that time comes, there is little we can do but free you. Love you always Sibongile Khumalo
Pumeza Matshikiza: What a sad night to hear of Sibongile Khumalo’s passing! I have no words! Condolences to the Mngoma and Khumalo family. One of our roots has gone.