Sibongile Khumalo

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Sibongile Khumalo (born 24 September 1957) is a South African singer.


Sibongile Khumalo was born in Soweto in Johannesburg, South Africa, and guided by her father, Khabi Mngoma, a professor of music,[1] she studied violin, singing, drama and dance. She has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in music from the University of Zululand and BA Honors from University of the Witwatersrand. In 1993, Khumalo won the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahamstown Festival.[2]

Khumalo was the first person to sing the title role of Princess Magogo in the first African opera Princess Magogo ka Dinuzulu.

Sibongile Khumalo has established herself as a jazz singer in South Africa. Her albums include: Sibongile Khumalo Live at the Market Theatre, Immortal Secrets and Ancient Evenings.

In 2009, Khumalo was honoured by Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, by being awarded a Doctor of Music honoris causa.[3][4]


  • Ancient Evenings, 1996
  • Live at the Market Theatre, 1998
  • Immortal Secrets, 2000
  • Quest, 2002
  • Sibongile Khumalo, 2006
  • Breath of life, 2016


  1. ^ "Khumalo, Sibongile (South Africa)",
  2. ^ Sibongile Khumalo biography.
  3. ^ "Rhodes University awards four Honorary Doctorates", Rhodes University Communications and Development Division, 15 April 2009.
  4. ^ Professor Paul Maylam, Citation for Sibongile Khumalo, Honorary Graduand, Rhodes University, 18 April 2009.

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