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Sony Music Remembers Legendary Singer, Sibongile Khumalo

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Celebrated jazz and opera singer, Sibongile Khumalo, passed away on Thursday, 28 January, after a lengthy period of illness.

Reflecting on his relationship with Ma Khumalo, Managing Director of Sony Music Entertainment Africa, Sean Watson, shared his thoughts on the late musician: “A more noble ambassador of music I have never met in my time. Sis’ Sibongile was the consummate musician and her love of her art shone through her work and her person. She was professional at every turn and resolute in protecting her creative values. We will miss her gracious presence.”

Dr. Lindelani Mkhize expressed his deep sadness at the passing of the jazz veteran, “This is very sad. Sibongile was one of the first artists that we signed to Sony Music and at that time she was an opera singer. I convinced her to do jazz, and jazz was not selling at that time. We were told at the time that we would never sell 5000 units, but her album, Ancient Evening, went on to sell Gold and was the very first Jazz album in SA to do so. She revived Jazz music in the market.”

Sibongile’s former manager, Lazarus Serobe shared his own recollection of the globally revered singer, “My memories of Sibongile start from 1995 when myself and Lindelani signed her to Sony Music. I have worked and travelled with her for many years and she was always a pleasure to work with, a consummate professional. She was a woman of principal and only did something if she felt it was right. Nelson Mandela called her the Nightingale of South Africa and was honoured whenever he was serenaded by her.”

Born in 1957 in Soweto, Sibongile started her musical journey at the tender age of eight, she then became a music teacher who dreamt of becoming an opera singer. She rose to fame after winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the Grahamstown Arts Festival in 1993. She has performed on local and international stages including former President Nelson Mandela’s 75th birthday and 1994 inauguration, “The 3 Faces of Sibongile Khumalo” performance in 1992, performances with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 1994 and 1995, Handel’s Messiah with Lord Yehudi Menuhin in 1995 as well as leading the South African and New Zealand national anthems during the World Cup Rugby Final in 1995.

The First Lady of Song, as termed by Nelson Mandela, holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in music from the University of Zululand, a BA Honours from the University of the Witwatersrand and honorary doctorates by the University of South Africa and the University of Zulu-Land.

Khumalo was awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Silver by the presidency for her “excellent contribution to the development of SA art and culture in the musical fields of jazz and opera” by former President Thabo Mbeki.

Condolence messages have poured in from many on social media including the Steve Biko Foundation: “Ms Khumalo’s warmth and generosity of spirit were matched only by the immense talent she demonstrated and the glorious voice that lifted our national spirits on so many occasions.”

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Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Opens Nominations For 23rd Edition

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The organisers if the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, Charterhouse Ghana, have opened nominations for this year’s edition.

They are therefore calling on all GH artistes, producers, and record labels with works released between Jan 1st – Dec 31st, 2021 to submit your entries for VGMA23 nominations to www.entry.ghanamusicawards.com

See their press release below:

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KiDi, Kuami Eugene To Perform At Indigo At The O₂ In London On March 6

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Lynx Entertainment signees, KiDi and Kuami Eugene are spreading their wings as far as their music careers are concerned.

While their songs are making inroads into other music markets the world over, they are not resting on their laurels in their bid to have a physical presence in those areas.

On 6th March 2022, the two Ghanaian music superstars will be performing at the Indigo at the O2 in London.

KiDi and Kuami Eugene are two of Ghana’s illustrious sons in the music industry who have enjoyed critical and commercial success, less than six years into their music careers.

They have quickly established themselves and have found places in the Highlife and Afrobeats genres.

KiDi, who is currently Vodafone Ghana Music Awards’ Afrobeats Artiste of the Year has released hugely successful singles such as ‘Odo’, ‘Say Cheese’, ‘Enjoyment’ and the 2021 smash hit ‘Touch It’ which went viral on TikTok and spent several weeks on the UK Afrobeats Chart and the Billboard Global Triller Chart.

Kuami Eugene is a four-time Highlife Artist of the Year at the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA). He also won the ultimate slot (Artiste of the Year) at the 2020 VGMA.

He is known for hit songs such as ‘Angela’, ‘Confusion’, ‘Wish Me Well’, ‘Open Gate’ and is currently enjoying a lot of success with his massive collaborations such as ‘Happy Day’ (with Sarkodie) and ‘Love Nwantiti’ remix (with Ckay and Joeboy).

Kuami and KiDi are also loved for their riveting stagecraft and have rocked a lot of high-profile stages (both home and abroad).

Click on the link below for all your ticket reservations: https://www.axs.com/uk/events/421801/kidi-and-kuami-eugene-tickets?skin=indigo

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Juliet Ibrahim Collaborates With United Airlines For “A Toast To Life” Book Tour

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Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim teams up with global airline company United Airlines as she is set to tour America with her book ‘A Toast To Life’.

This collaboration comes as Juliet Ibrahim was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent under 40 by MIPAD.

As a Mipadian, The Actress will be working with United Airlines to promote their routes across continents.

Announcing the new partnership via social media, a delighted Juliet, expressed how it will be easier to go on her tour due to the convenience of a direct flight from Ghana and Nigeria to the United States of America.

She wrote; ” Super excited to be collaborating with @united this January as I tour the USA with my book @atoasttolifebook Flying direct from Ghana and Nigeria to Dulles airport is so convenient! Let the globetrotting #2022 begin!!! Thanks to @mipad100 for the connect. #USAtriploading #Traveltheworld #United #MyUnitedJourney”

‘A Toast To Life’ is a highly acclaimed auto-biography detailing how Juliet Ibrahim survived three civil wars and how she lost some family members while her family was trying to escape from rebels. The book also reveals her survival from rape and sexual abuse, the ups and downs of her previous relationships, dealing with self-esteem issues, depression and Motherhood.

‘A Toast To Life’ is available for purchase online on Amazon, Kindle, and in several bookstores.

United Airlines is a major American-owned company that flies direct from Ghana and Nigeria to the United States of America and vice versa. The airline operates a large domestic and international route network spanning cities large and small across the United States and all six inhabited continents. United Airlines is the third-largest airline in the world and the actress turn author is indeed going global.

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