Great farewell ceremony for the late Sibongile Khumalo
Close friends and family of music legend Sibongile Khumalo are expected to attend the Market Theatre in Johannesburg on Saturday to pay their deference to the jazz icon.
Sibongile died last week of stroke-related complications. She was 63.
In a statement, her family said Sibongile’s music “always reflected the richness of her culture, wisdom, and therefore the warmth of her family, community, and continent”.
“She is going to be missed by all who had the privilege of experiencing her music, her friendship, and her love,” they added.
The funeral service will start at about 8 am.
The number of these ready to physically attend the funeral service on Saturday is restricted, thanks to Covid-19 restrictions, but a live stream is going to be available.
Speaking to Sunday Times last week, Sibongile’s son Bandile remembered how his mom touched the lives of many.
“She never brought work home. In her mind, she was a mother, a grandmother, and a sister. She wasn’t a star. She wasn’t after the limelight. She was a personal person and loved nothing quite spending time together with her family,” said her eldest son, Tshepo.
“She was humble and would teach us it doesn’t matter if you perform for the king or the neighbors, most are important — and she or he made them feel intrinsical,” he added.