The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music recently hosted South Africa’s beloved musical daughter, Sibongile Khumalo, in celebration of her 20 years in the music industry, and as part of Women’s Month.

Khumalo was joined on stage by Mdu Mtshali on piano, Themba Mokoena on guitar, Sabu Satsha on drums, and Bheka Mthethwa on bass.

Born in Soweto and guided by her father, Khumalo studied violin, singing, drama and dance. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in music from the University of Zululand and BA Honours from the University of the Witwatersrand. She was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 1993.

The show formed part of her “Reflect. Celebrate. Live” University Tour.  This highly anticipated concert showcased the spectacular way in which the gifted singer takes her audience on a journey that explains her past, present and future.

South Africa’s first lady of song describes the significance of her tour as follows: ‘Reflect. Celebrate. Live is about the importance of harnessing the lessons of the past and living them now, in order to continue my personal empowerment and learning. Once one has reflected on and celebrated one’s success, it is important to live the present and be significant in one’s endeavours.’