Legendary gospel singer and the former lead vocalist of the International Pentecostal Church Choir (IPCC) Emma Mkhwanazi passed away on Monday.
Mkhwanazi, 64, died after struggling with health issues due to COVID-19.
Mkhwanazi joined the choir in 1977 as one of the lead singers.
Legendary producer Thami Mdluli says Mkhwanazi’s voice was distinctive and stood out, “I started working with Emma Mkhwanazi in the year 1992 and out of all the artists I have worked with, she never missed a beat. Emma’s voice was distinctive and stood out, you could hear her anywhere in front or at the back and she would shine through from all the voices within the group.”
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Tributes pouring in on social media:
I’ll be listening to IPCC the whole day today in honour of mama Emma Mkhwanazi 🕊
— Qenehelo (@LadyQ__) July 1, 2021
Mama Emma Mkhwanazi left us with heart warming and beautiful music mara yazi 🥺🥺🥰🥰
— 🌟Jabulisile🌟 (@Jabu_Ms) July 1, 2021
RIP to mma Emma Mkhwanazi,what a great loss to the gospel industry and the IPCC pic.twitter.com/EEy5EUkZa1
— Stanguess Sfiso (@stanzito) July 1, 2021
Rest in Peace to Mama Emma Mkhwanazi, will miss her Beautiful voice which touched many of us! 🙏🕯🕊
Sethakga sa mmino. pic.twitter.com/WXzSZdrOxI
— Kwena Molekwa (@Ruraltarain) June 30, 2021