For the first time in six years, Mzansi Fela Festival hosted Sibongile Khumalo who gave a sizzling performance on Friday the 7th December at South African State Theatre in Tshwane. Mzansi Fela Festival is one of the few festivals that give our country’s fresh, up and coming talent a platform to showcase their talents alongside performances by legends of South African music.
People from in and around Pretoria had an early Christmas after Sibongile sang four songs from her upcoming album. The Opera Theatre was full and people could not stop dancing as she sang songs from her previous albums. “I urge people to have a very peaceful and joyful Christmas with their families this December as this is the right time to reconnect with family” she said after her performance.
Sibongile said in 2013 she plans to accomplish all her 2012 resolutions which she failed to do this year, “as the new year begins, I want to revisit my 2012 resolutions and see which ones I can still complete in 2013”. She is also working on opening a new recording studio. This year she celebrates 20 years in the music industry.
When asked about the current state of music in South Africa, Sibongile said music has changed over time and it will keep on shifting being shaped. “I don’t like all types of music but I like afro soul, afro pop and a bit of house music. Micasa and Liquid Deep are currently doing it for me, with an interesting style to enjoy and dance to,” Sibongile said before busting in laughter.
Sibongile Khumalo started singing at a tender age under the guidance of her father, Khabi Mngoma, a professor of music. After she completed her matric she went and completed a BA degree in music at University of Zululand and went on to complete a BA Honours at Wits University. She has three jazz albums under her belt; Sibongile Khumalo Live at the Market Theatre, Immortal Secrets, and Ancient Evenings. Sibongile’s talent has earned her many awards including Standard Bank Young Artist Award in 2003 and an honorary Doctorate in Music by Rhodes University.