Soweto-born jazz legend, Sibongile Khumalo was announced dead on Thursday evening.
The family of the icon confirmed the passing of the singer, who died of stroke-related complications.
The statement released by her family reads: ”
“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr Sibongile Khumalo, our iconic, world-celebrated South African singer, affectionately known as Ma’Mngoma (September 24 1957 — January 28 2021).
“She will be missed by all who had the privilege of experiencing her music, her friendship and her love. Dr Khumalo succumbed to stroke-related complications after a lengthy period of illness. The family is grateful for the support and prayers during this time.”
President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed condolence and South Africans joined in grieving the 63-year-old legend.
Not only was she an unmistakable voice on concert stages around our country and the world, but she was a voice of advocacy for the performing arts, for the rights and place of women in our society, and for human rights at large.#RIPSibongileKhumalo 🕊
— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 #StaySafe (@CyrilRamaphosa) January 28, 2021