Legendary musician Sibongile Khumalo’s Top 5 Songs

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The late legendary jazz singer Sibongile Khumalo has been hailed as one of the great singers of her time, with top hits such as Thula Mama and Mayihlome which were much-loved in South African households.

The 63-year-old passed away on Thursday.

With a career spanning over three decades, the world-renowned jazz and opera vocalist inspired many other artists in the classical, jazz and opera genres. A classical mezzo-soprano as well as a great jazz vocalist, she interpreted African stories in her songs.

Some of the distinguished events Khumalo performed at include the late President Nelson Mandela’s 75th birthday. Mandela popularly referred to her as South Africa’s First Lady of Song. She also led the New Zealand and SA national anthems at the historic 1995 Rugby World Cup final.

The legendary singer will be remembered by her many soulful songs, including these five top hits:

Thula Mama

This hit song came from the album Ancient Evening, released in 1996.

Township Medley

The song appears on Khumalo’s The Greatest Hits album from 2006.

Untold Story

The song is from her album Ancient Evening released in 1996.


This jazz song is from the album Immortal Secrets, which was released in 2000.

Plea for Africa

This single was released in 2005.