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Sibongile Khumalo
07.02.2015 - 07.02.2015 19.30 - 21.30
Sand du Plessis Theatre - Bloemfontein
Symphony Concert


Sibongile Khumalo 


Diva Sibongile Khumalo return to Bloemfontein for the first time in many years to sing with the Free State Symphony Orchestra conducted by Alexander Fokkens.  nlblotto This concert was made possible by a grant from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund.


La Gazza Ladra (Silken Ladder) Overture (ROSSINI)

Seguidilla from Carmen (Bizet)

Voi lo sapete o mamma from Cavaleria Rusticana (Mascagni)

Two songs Uyephi Na? and Umqhubansuku from the Princess Magogo cycle

Enigma Variations, op. 36 (ELGAR).

 Sibongile Khumalo has been described interchangeably as South Africa’s ‘first lady of song’ and ‘the Empress of Song’. She is the most celebrated member of a musical dynasty, marked by an extraordinary vocal gene-pool and passion for making music. 

She was born and grew up in Orlando West, Soweto. Her mother, Grace was a nurse and her father Khabi Mngoma was a music professor and historian. She has degrees from the University of Zululand and Wits University, and was conferred with the degree of Doctor of Music-Honoris Causa by Rhodes University. 

Sibongile’s singing talents range from opera to jazz, choral music and musical theatre, always grounded by the traditional and folk musics of South Africa.

She has been lauded as one of the great singing talents of her time, and has inspired the creation of new music by South African composers, both in the classical art song as well as jazz genres. 

She has performed at numerous prestigious venues including The Royal Festival Hall and the Elizabeth Hall at the Barbican Centre-London, The Kennedy Centre-Washington DC, the Ravinia Festival-Chicago, the Het Muzik Teater-Amsterdam, Ronnie Scott’s-London, as well as every major theatre and jazz club in South Africa. Sibongile has appeared as a guest for all the major orchestras on home soil and has also performed at all the major jazz festivals in South Africa.

While her first love is the stage, over the last few years she has honed her skills as a songwriter, composer/arranger and producer. Her most recent excursion being the Producer and Composer/Arranger for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of AFCON 2013.

Because of her love for teaching, she continues to mentor young performers, and is an ardent proponent of Arts Education.


She is the founding Chairman of the Performers Organisation of South Africa-POSA, and the association of the South African Business Women in the Arts-SABWA. She sits on the Board of the Southern African Music Rights Organisation-SAMRO and has served on the Boards of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and Opera Africa, among others.


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