Singing legend Sibongile Khumalo has died at the age of 63

Eyewitness News can confirm that the singing icon died earlier on Thursday

FILE: Sibongile Khumalo sings at the annual Cape Town International Jazz Festival in 2007. Picture: RODGER BOSCH/AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Renowned and celebrated singer Sibongile Khumalo has passed away at the age of 63.

Eyewitness News can confirm that she died earlier on Thursday.

The internationally revered artist - who was born in Orlando West in Soweto in 1957 - has been lauded as one of the great singing talents of her time, and has inspired the creation of new music by South African composers, both in the classical, opera as well as jazz genres.

Khumalo’s singing talents ranged from opera to jazz, choral music and musical theatre.

Among her many accolades, including various awards for her stage performances, the icon holds the Order of Ikhamanga in silver.

This is one of the highest acknowledgements South Africa has bestowed on her in recognition of her contribution to the advancement within arts and culture.

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